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“Silverton train ride” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Juan National Forest

San Juan National Forest
15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
970 247 4874
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Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.
Parker, Colorado
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2 reviews
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“Silverton train ride”
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.

Visited July 2014
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Houston
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Hiking in the mountains!”
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 of the trails and very useful information about how best you can enjoy recreation in the forest.

Visited June 2014
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Spectacular San Juans”
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.

Visited July 2014
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“great hikes”
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

Visited July 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Stunning”
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 to see the forest healthy and not to many signs of Bark Beetle Attack.
Please let's help keep it that way

Visited May 2014
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