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“A gem of a place and so close to Pueblo to enjoy. The woods are dark and deep, and you can rive over it completely”

San Isabel National Forest
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Pueblo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of twelve national forests in Colorado, this one-million-acre forest offers snow-capped peaks and crystal mountain lakes.
Reviewed May 11, 2013

The west side has a beautiful lake and you may even spot some bears wandering around. Drive northwest from here to Westcliffe and pass Bishop's Castle for an unsusual adventure and climb.

4  Thank rtfax
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The lake was the highlight. As was the hiking. A couple of really nice trails and both were fairly beginner level. A nice forest...

4  Thank kuwells
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I came to CO to get away for awhile and just be alone with God. THIS was the place to be! It was so insanely quiet. Just the trees and I. Beautiful running brooks, trees of all kinds, and enormous rocks to sit and read on while the leaves fell. There are bathrooms everywhere, except they do have them closed and winterized by the time I was there in Oct. There are some steps if you are headed for the picnic tables. Lots of parking. There are several little towns you can stop at for lunch if you go during the summer season. There is a fee during the summer season as well to park, just not in the off season.

7  Thank HeidiLynn03
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Take this drive--beautiful scenery, awesome views, nice lake setting, golden aspens in the fall.
Very relaxing & photo ready opportunities around every corner. Stop in at RYE CAFE.

2  Thank MAM S
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Over the years I've camped as a Boy Scout in the Rockies above San Isabel, and visited it later from the east coast when I was lonely for family and Rocky Mountain beauty. The forest has everryting an outdoorsman could want amoung it's variety of lakes and streams. And it doesn't lack for historical places, restaurants, and other things to do. I've a friend who lives in Rye, and my Mama and I have visited his wonderful home as dinner guests, after having a "Dutch Lunch" at Gus's Tavern on Abriendo in Pueblo. Like all of the mountainous regions of Colorado it boasts great beauty, and includes the Sangre de Cristo mount range. You can also find skiing at several places, and if you know Colorado's great highway system, built by Steve MacNichols as governor and former Head of Transportation, you'll know that NOTHING is far from where you'd like to go - just a few hours takes you to marvelous views and experiences. Fishermen also can find paradise there.

Charles L. Riccillo,
Pueblo, CO

1  Thank Charles R
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