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The Rio Grande National Forest is 1.86 million acres of land for all of us to enjoy and take care... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Little Compton, Rhode Island
Incredibly helpful visitor's center

We stopped at the National Forest Visitor's Center to learn about the forest and area. The staff... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
Washington, DC
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1803 W. Highway 160, Monte Vista, CO 81144
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rio Grande National Forest is 1.86 million acres of land for all of us to enjoy and take care of. Some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado. Plenty of room for summer and winter activities of all kinds.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank elizamacc
Reviewed October 27, 2018

We stopped at the National Forest Visitor's Center to learn about the forest and area. The staff was really nice and answered all our questions. Additionally, there are great resources in the center including maps and handouts about the forests. For parents, educators and teachers,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HeatherfromDC
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We went on a road trip from Colorado, to Utah, to Arizona, then back to Colorado...headed through the Rio Grande on our way back and it did not disappoint! We got to see the old Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, definitely worth the stop, they were...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Hollie P
Reviewed July 6, 2018

Since a national forest is the number one attraction in Monte Vista, it may seem like there's not much to do there. To be fair, however, some of Colorado's best scenery can be found there. In my opinion, even if Disney or Lego opened a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Paul S
Reviewed February 15, 2018

Rio Grande National Forest is always a pleasure to visit. The camp grounds are always clean and well maintained, the roads and trails are kept up, and the Rangers are eager to provide information, assistance or guidance. We go back every year.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Leland L
Reviewed January 21, 2018

We love to hike, camp or backpack in with our 2 horses, mule and burro into the back country where Colorado allows one to camp anywhere in the back country. Lots of wild life out there from deer, elk, bear and if you are lucky...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Jill E
Reviewed August 20, 2017

Always enjoy the ride thru the area. Its 10 miles out to the Amish bakery and we usually go several times while staying in the area. Lots of scenic viewing, have to watch for the slow Amish buggies but it really adds to the ride.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank GaryTracySr
Reviewed July 16, 2017

drove through in June...wonderful views took in a few trails on route nothing major but very enjoyable ,,,... worth a visit

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Steve M
Reviewed April 19, 2017

I took a road trip from Denver, CO to Albuquerque, NM with my family and after leaving the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Alamosa, CO we took a more scenic route through the Rio Grande National Forest not realizing we had gone the wrong...More

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank Ashley S
Reviewed March 16, 2017

The Rio Grande Nat'l Forest is an underutilized beautiful ( or was until the pine/spruce bark beetles infested it ) area in SW Colorado. The Rio Grande heads up about 35 miles above Creede and is a great drive, as is the 22 mile drive...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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July 4, 2018|
Response from Jill E | Reviewed this property |
You can take the Big Meadow road to the north after coming over Wolf Creek pass or any of the roads on the south side of the road coming over Wolf Creek and find many beautiful hiking areas to go on with dogs. You can even... More
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Hi, We are planning to visit Colorado for a week from NY with a 1 yr old. We will be flying in and out of Denver. This is a last moment planning as we weren't sure of weather conditions and had different plans earlier which had to be changed. Looking forward to catch good fall foliage and plan a better route to visit following places if suitable: 1. Aspen 2. Uncompahgre National forest area 3. San Juan National forest / Sky way 4. Rio Grande National forest 5. Pike and San Isabel...More
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Could you please help with the plan for this trip? Thanks, Khushbu
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8 nights in and around Colorado :) (6 Replies)
Hello together, As part of our 2015 summer holiday in the US, my wife and I will be spending our last week in Colorado in late August. We are flying into Denver from Dallas on 22.August and we will be leaving Denver for Frankfurt on 31.August. We are in our beginning 30s, I am into nature photography and my wife likes historic old towns, easy going hikes and she said she would like to a do a little horse ride for half a day or so when in Colorado. We will have had a busy time on the...More
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It sounds like you have about 7 days of actual time in Colorado. Arrive 22nd, 23rd- drive to ??? 30th- drive back to Denver 31st-fly out Moab- Great place...could be hot in late Aug. Guessing 90's, maybe more if hot summer. I would agree on SW Colorado, Telluride, Durango over to Mesa Verde NP, Pagosa Springs, Ouray. If you do not want to drive as much. Denver, Estes Park (Rocky Mtn. National Park), Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Breckenridge, Buena Vista (rafting)...More
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December 27, 2017|
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Dear SusieLu and Fv1989! Thanks a lot for your comprehensive replies! It’s been a while but you have certainly helped me. The flight tickets are booked now. And we have decided to go for a rental car and find some nice lodges/Airbnb’s for us to stay in. The links and tips you have provided will help me a lot to create the best possible itinerary. Thanks again! Mark