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Address: 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
Phone Number: 970 247 4874
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Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks...
Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.
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Beautiful forest with winding roads, high altitude passes and great fall colors

Beautiful area of the state with high altitude road and passes (Highway 550 between Durango, Silverton & especially Ouray is not to be missed). Great fall color of aspen and other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Greenville, TX
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Greenville, TX
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful area of the state with high altitude road and passes (Highway 550 between Durango, Silverton & especially Ouray is not to be missed). Great fall color of aspen and other trees. The road is very winding and has drops off dramatically on the side but safe and amazing how they built it. Many great pullouts on the forest roads... More 

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Madison, ME
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

BEAUTIFUL views but scary roads at times. Some places are drop offs with no guard rails. We made many stops along the way so plan the road for a couple days at least so you can take it all in...

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Middle Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We drove the road from Durango to Montrose in early April. There was snow everywhere but (thankfully) not on the highway. You rise to several 11,000 feet peaks and you descend. It is not easy for us flatlanders but it is an adventure. Try it once if you are in the neighborhood. Once was enough for us. The San Juan... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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198 reviews 198 reviews
17 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I love the Warning signs about the wildlife, it really helps to protect them. So many areas to travel and visit

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great high country, small lakes, fields of Indian Paint Brush, cataracts, and switchbacks, my gosh there was climbing and switchbacks.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Beautiful forest. I have spent time all over the interior west and have seen a lot of forests. This one is very cool, with sharp mountain peaks, many species of pine, fir, and spruce, as well as western scrub-jays, mountain bluebirds, etc., with a lot of rivers and creeks to support wildlife. Lots of history too!

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Shelbyville, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Some resident herds move around. To see great Bulls snow must bring them down from the higher elevations.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nice views and very clean.First time to see the range in the winter....snow capped mountains were beautiful. Sorry for the lace of snow this year but all in all a very beautiful place.

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Durango, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Peaceful and serene. Particularly beautiful when the aspen leaves turn a golden yellow. Great place to hike.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Colorado has some of the Nation's most spectacular scenic drives, but none is more spectacular than what I will call the "Grand Loop," a 200-mile drive that connects Durango to Silverton to Ouray to Ridgeway to Telluride to Delores and back to Durango. A word to "timid" drivers: The Loop is not scary. It is beautifully engineered and poses very... More 

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