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San Juan National Forest, Durango

(4.8/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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. Put San Juan National Forest on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Durango vacation route planner.
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  • Top 3 miles has been banned from 4 wheeler traffic because the Forest Dept. will not maintain Road so they just closed it. At nearly 60 years old, I will never be able to share the lookout with my gra...  more »
  • We are local to Durango and go into the San Juan Mountains at least once a month, often more than once a week. 
  • We did this in the winter so it was a bit scary drive but the views are amazing! The twisty roads and gorgeous scenery make me wish we lived closer so could visit more often. 
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  • Our hike was marvelous! Beautiful views, fascinating ice caves, stunning bluffs over looking the river valley. The drive through the park is just beautiful. We were based in Pagosa Springs and access from there is easy.
  • I couldn't believe how beautiful this area was when we visited Durango last year. We stayed just east of Durango and then took the Silverton train up from Durango to Silverton and it was absolutely breathtaking. I even lived in mountainous areas when I was younger, and I was still blow away by the natural beauty here. The train ride to Silverton showcases the San Juan National Forest perfectly. The mountains, trees, water, everything. We'd love to come back and camp somewhere in the national forest or possibly do the whitewater rafting down the river. Overall, I definitely recommend visiting the San Juan National Forest at least once in your life. You wouldn't expect this beautiful of scenery this close to New Mexico (no offense to New Mexico), but it is and was completely unexpected for me having driven through southern Colorado on the way to Utah many times and never knowing the scenery that was so close.
  • I did the alpine loop on the dual sport in Sept. It's beautiful!!! Was on the Trans America Trail (TAT). To see the gost towns and ride the switchbacks is awesome!! Hit Telluride, Ophir, Animas Forks. Would like to do it again with my wife and kids.
  • Being from Arkansas I was overjoyed to be hiking in the middle of summer. The weather is perfect and there is very little undergrowth, scary bugs, or reptiles like I'm accustomed to. The land here is pristine and truly a national treasure. Thanks Roosevelt!
  • Vast area of wilderness, scenic byways & high peaks, with historic sites & many outdoor activities.