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San Juan National Forest

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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

The colors or the trees were lovely and the rock formations were fascinating. Lots of mountain driving but worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2012
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Walkertown, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

rugged and beautiful mountains! what's not to love here. there's many spots to view just breath taking views and so tall tall trees; still saw no wildlife though; scenic byway is just beautiful

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The colors or the trees were lovely and the rock formations were fascinating. Lots of mountain driving but worth it.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous and rugged mountains. If you backpack, this is the place to do it. Spent 6 days doing the needle mountains loop and it was stunning.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Drive the entire San Juan Skyway. Jaw-dropping gorgeous scenery. Go in Sept/Oct. Aspens are gorgeous and the mountains are incredible.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We took our SUV up the park road that starts next to the Durango Ski Resort (formerly Purgatory). At the beginning of the route, you go up a bumpy dirt road to a turnout that has a map. If that stretch of road is too rough for your vehicle, turn around. That's as smooth as it gets! But if you... More 

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Colorado Springs
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498 reviews 498 reviews
53 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Sure, Colorado has some fantastic mountains, but the San Juans are simply incredible. The vastness of the San Juan National Forest is a quiet reprieve for the busy urban dweller. I love to nestle myself deep into these mountains for a full week of climbing.

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Iowa City
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51 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Whether you go the loop (1-2 days) or Durango to Ridgeway(few hrs), you won't be disappointed. The Million $ Hwy will take your breath away! Stop at Mola Pass and Red Mt. Pass and get your camera-WOW. Easy on those curves.

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Chicago
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Do not miss this drive. We did the Durango-Silverton railroad the day before and were on our way to Ouray for the night. We followed the rr for a short time and then climbed high into the mountains. Different views than from the railroad car but spectacular. I am so glad we did both. It cost a million $$ to... More 

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Southborough, Massachusetts USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We happened to go when the Aspens were really glowing so that was made the drive extra wonderful but the views on the entire route from Durango to Ouray to Dolores would be wonderful any time of year.

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Phoenix
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We went up to Durango for a very quick trip to visit Mesa Verde National Park down the road and I liked Durango the most... My father used to go backpacking here every year and it holds a spot in my heart... We only were able to drive between Durango and Ouray on the Sunday morning with a few very... More 

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