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“great hikes” 5 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 59 things to do in Durango
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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.
Oro Valley, Arizona
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 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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275 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Stunning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 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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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“More Curves than Sofia Vergara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

And just about as beautiful. I drove through on Highway 160 twisting through the forest on my way to Mesa Verde. Every aspect of the route - the abundant, lush conifers, the idyllic streams of the Rio Grande river, the stolid majesty of the granite mountains - is so overwhelming to see that you will want to stop every few miles just to let it soak in.

Visited June 2014
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Richmond, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful - Absolutely Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We wanted to hike the Island Lake hike (8.5 miles) but were unable to go past the lower basin due to snow coverage. Nonetheless, the lower basin hike was beyond beautiful. We camped at the South Mineral Campground and was amazed by the camp host - Ann and Dan - hospitality. We are planning our trip next year for late July so we can do the Island Lake hike.

Visited June 2014
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Jersey Shore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Gorgeous views everywhere on route 550. Took it all of the way to Ouray (Million dollar highway) and was wowed at every turn. A little scary at times but well worth the trip.

Visited June 2014
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