San Juan National Forest, Durango

4.9
#1 of 18 in Parks in Durango
Explore a woodland with lots of historic mining towns, hiking trails, and waterfalls at San Juan National Forest. Venture into the woods for exciting walks and discover hot springs, pretty scenery, and wild trails. The forest offers perfect locations to camp on hot summer days, with plenty of shade and camping grounds with picnic spots. Campground staff members keep an eye out for visitors' safety, as well as keeping the toilet facilities clean. However, the lack of rubbish disposal facilities means that you need to take your trash away with you. Hire a guide and go on the hunt for wild mushrooms in the forest, with several varieties in abundance. Plan my Durango trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • While our route did not take us deep into the San Juan, we were certainly impressed with what we did see on the north end. We visited the southern end several years ago, but I have to say that the...  more »
  • Lovely scenic drive through the San Juan National Forest... even in winter. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in summertime.  more »
  • While driving from Ouray to Durango you pass through San Juan National Forest. The views of the mountains and trees are what you think of when you think Colorado. There is much to do in the area from....  more »
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  • It was a free campground i read about, and it was perfect! A little rocky of a road but nothing you cant handle if you go slow and are careful. Spaces were more than adequate for our class C, and they were pretty nicely spread apart too! So it felt private :) gorgeous scenery and trees all around, with occasional deer and bear
  • Stayed off country road 193 off highway 160. Did some free dispersed camping with my wife, daughter, cat and 4 kittens. Beautiful area, refreshing, relaxing and serene. Love the free national forest camping.
  • We took a Jeep tour. The scenery was breathtaking and more varied than you would expect. And our guide was very knowledgeable, even knowing the names of all the beautiful wildflowers!! He also knows about the geological creation of the whole area through which you drive and of the quite diverse plants & trees. Count yourself lucky if your driver is called Ren. He works for Colorado Outback Adventures.
  • It was awesome. It's so green and pretty. Water everywhere. The flowers are just blooming everywhere. So glad we had a real winter for a change. Loved seeing the cows out grazing. Just makes you smile. Also liked seeing people out camping and enjoying the outdoors!!
  • Really beautiful landscape and natural formations. Speed limits go up and down throughout the journey through this forest, so drivers should pay close attention to their speed and road conditions

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