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San Juan National Forest

15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
970 247 4874
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Ranked #1 of 28 attractions in Durango
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, National Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge... more » Owner description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad. « less
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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

trails trails and more trails - hiking, biking or 4x4 we needed more days and our Jeep to do everything we would have liked to do We decided to take the shortcut from Durango to Telluride one day via one of the passes. We did it in our Expedition (2 wheel drive). I won't tell you it was easy, but... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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128 reviews 128 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The San Juan Skyway drive has got to be one of the most beautiful in the US--a not-to-be-missed experience when in southern Colorado.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The San Juan National Forest is a great place to do some outdoor activities. The forest has plenty of camping spots for hikers, with or without horses. The Mountains in the surrounding area are quite spectacular to see. Be sure to devote quite some time here as it would take weeks to see everything the San Juan National Forest has... More

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Parker, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Took the family on the Durango-Silverton train ride through the San Juan forest. We were in the open gondola. The morning light was great for photography. The scenery is great. We want to go back for hiking.

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Houston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The San Juan National Forest is 1.8 million acres of fantastic wilderness with snow-capped mountains, meadows of wildflowers, mountain streams, and occasional glimpses of wildlife. It is know as the "land of many uses." One can enjoy hiking on the many trails, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and fishing. The Bureau of Land Management in Durango provides maps... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This could be one of my favorite places in the country. Take the Million Dollar Highway and your hiking shoes... don't forget your cameras! So much to explore, so little time. I hope to spend more time around Ouray and the surrounding mountain passes. SImply spectacular.

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

coal bank hike, flowers, snow still on ground, beautiful lake. not to step. starts at 10,000 and goes to about 11,000 ft. really wonderful hike. easy parking too

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Phoenix, Arizona
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141 reviews 141 reviews
66 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We saw the Forest close up and personal from the open car of the Durango Silverton train. It was all dressed up in it's spring green and was quite impressive. The scenery varies from wide green pasture looking places to steep river gorges and fabulous river vistas along the Animas River. With drought in so many places, it was delightful... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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93 reviews 93 reviews
43 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

And just about as beautiful. I drove through on Highway 160 twisting through the forest on my way to Mesa Verde. Every aspect of the route - the abundant, lush conifers, the idyllic streams of the Rio Grande river, the stolid majesty of the granite mountains - is so overwhelming to see that you will want to stop every few... More

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Richmond, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We wanted to hike the Island Lake hike (8.5 miles) but were unable to go past the lower basin due to snow coverage. Nonetheless, the lower basin hike was beyond beautiful. We camped at the South Mineral Campground and was amazed by the camp host - Ann and Dan - hospitality. We are planning our trip next year for late... More

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