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“Hiking in the mountains!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Juan National Forest

San Juan National Forest
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Houston
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15 reviews
6 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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“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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“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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340 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 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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119 reviews
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“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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