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Address: 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
Phone Number: 970 247 4874
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Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic...

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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So beautiful

Drove from Durango to Silverton through the San Juan national forest. What a beautiful, scenic ride. So many photo opportunities!!!! So much you can do in beautiful America and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2014
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Smithfield

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Smithfield
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26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Drove from Durango to Silverton through the San Juan national forest. What a beautiful, scenic ride. So many photo opportunities!!!! So much you can do in beautiful America and this is one of them.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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113 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We took our ATV to a turn off just north of Cascade Village and rode Old Lime Creek Road up a mountain, down to a creek, and then up a mountain to the end. It was perfect for an ATV or Jeep, but would be too rough for a car. We were out about 3 hours with a few stops... More 

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Madison Heights
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Words and photos can not describe it. You have to experience it for yourself. You realy need moore time to do the hole loop.

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Thank Robert L
Dallas, Texas
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55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This a a very rugged and beautiful part of Colorado. Too many people overlook Southwestern Colorado. It is a hidden gem. Camped for free at Lower Hermosa camp ground, it is a few mile drive up a gravel road into the mountains 10 min. North of Durango. Nice place to camp. They have places for tents, popups, and horses. The... More 

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Thank Michael D
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44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Don't miss that cruise! Buena Vista get a new meaning whilst driving from Durango to Ouray and/or back! Ensure you have enough space left in your cameras memory - you will need it!

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Keep in mind, this is a national forest, not a national park. This means there is no visitor center or park ranger at the forest. There are minimum trail signs. We drove to the information center at 15 Burnett Court in Durango. The center has a few small exhibits on local wildlife. Alan S was very, very helpful in helping... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were in Telluride for a wedding and decided to take the long road home. So we drove the Million Dollar Highway which was spectacular and stopped in Silverton then Durango before heading to Salida for the night. Perfect little special look at the SW corner of CO.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Drove through on or way from Cortez to Alamosa!! One of the most beautiful drives of our trip. Give yourself enough time to stop at the turnouts and take pictures. We drove Hwy 160 and the stream with small waterfalls running along the side was so peaceful. Also the small towns along this route are worth a stop.

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Tempe, Arizona
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66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Beautiful campground just outside Durango. No hookups. Quiet! Absolutely beautiful! Nice hike down the road.

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Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Beautiful hiking amazing views. Trails well marked. Hike to the top and see amazing scenery. Nothing bad can be said about this beautiful Forest.

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