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San Juan National Forest

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Address: 15 Burnett Ct, Durango, CO 81301-3647
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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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Gotta love the San Juans

San Juan National Forest entrance in the southern part of town. The office is in the Durango Tech Center, and has access to trails, some that go into Overland Mountain Park and... read more

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Durango, Colorado, United States
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Durango, Colorado, United States
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41 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

San Juan National Forest entrance in the southern part of town. The office is in the Durango Tech Center, and has access to trails, some that go into Overland Mountain Park and past the cemetery. Please please pack-in and pack-out, always! The forests are easily taken over by trash and left behind food and it makes life a struggle for... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best visited by stopping by the San Juan Public Lands Office in Durango to all the maps and information

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Lafayette, Colorado
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Reviewed 6 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.

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Tullahoma, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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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 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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.

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East Central FL
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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.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Gallup, New Mexico
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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.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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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 

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Durango, Colorado, United States
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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.

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