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San Juan National Forest

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Address: 15 Burnett Ct, Durango, CO 81301-3647
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+1 970-247-4874

Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic...

Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.

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Lots of Kodak moments

The drive to Silverton was amazing. Early May, before the tourist season, made for no traffic on the highways. It was easy to get off and on to the highway from turnoffs. There... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lafayette, Colorado
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Lafayette, Colorado
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The drive to Silverton was amazing. Early May, before the tourist season, made for no traffic on the highways. It was easy to get off and on to the highway from turnoffs. There were many wonderful opportunities to photograpy the beauty of the area.

Thank Richard-Martha
Tullahoma, Tennessee
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142 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I are "Vintage Hikers." In our mid-70's we do not cover the number of miles we once did but we are still good for a day hike. The San Juan National Forest offered us many good choices for pleasant strolls. If you are not a "Vintage Hiker" you will find all the challenge and adventure you want... More 

Thank tenntraveller70
Roseburg, Oregon
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63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't say enough of the beauty and serenity of the forest. I used to live near Vallecito Lake and less than a mile from the Natl Forest entrance and the area will always be a gem to me.

Thank Jim A
East Central FL
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320 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great drive. It Takes a while but it offered wonderful sights. The road is good with lots of curves as expected. We spent no time in the tourist tons of Silverton, Ouray and Ridgeway. Take your time and enjoy it; pull over often to let others by while savoring the views. Don't miss the waterfalls at Bear Creek.

Thank L M
San Antonio, Texas
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200 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy access to variety of locations for hiking and camping available. Area around Vallecito Lake has multiple camp sites.

Thank Cindy G
Gallup, New Mexico
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked in the San Juan Forest using the Lower Hermosa Creek Trail and really enjoyed the views, there were minimal people on the trail, and flowers were popping out.

Thank LisaYE2017
Telford, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We drove through this forest and stayed for a short while whilst in CO. What can i say apart from absolutely outstanding vistas. There are numerous walks and trails to follow and there are things available for all the family to enjoy. There are so many beautiful things to see here you really would be a fool to miss it... More 

Thank Glen C
Durango, Colorado, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

If you like hiking and having the availability of lots of varied terrain then you would enjoy the forest trails in the area. You can find trails that are perfect for the entire family or mountain bike a challenge or climb rock formations.

1 Thank Patricia G
Durango, Colorado
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I live 20 minutes from the San Juan national forest and grew up in the magnificent area surrounding Durango Colorado. If you get the chance you need to experience the stunning beauty of this part of Colorado. From gurgling small mountain streams to the full roar of the Animas river in the spring runoff this area offers everyone a taste... More 

1 Thank reh1000
Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We love the San Juans. It is a place that we hike, bike, camp, and ride our ATVs and UTVs. Take your camera as the sights are unbelievable and you will see wildlife. Spend more than a day or two in these beautiful mountains of Colorado.

1 Thank Deb A

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