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San Juan National Forest, Durango

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Forest National Park
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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  • Spent 6 days in the backcountry. Was one of the best experiences of my life. The landscapes were outstanding. Trails were well kept and I remain in awe of its beauty. Would highly recommend exploring ...  more »
  • The San Juan Nation Forest was a great place to drive through. We were able to enjoy the time driving through the area and loved the scenery.  more »
  • Take some time and drive into the forest, or book a trip that takes you in. The area is just lovely with lots of scrub oak and aspen trees.  more »

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Immerse yourself in Durango's rich history by staying in one of downtown's turn-of-the-century hotels, where the buildings' brick architecture highlights a bygone era. Not only do these pack plenty of character, they offer proximity to the majority of the town's eateries, stores, and attractions. A motel farther out of town is typically cheaper, while a rural bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway. For an authentic western Colorado experience, consider a dude ranch on the outskirts.
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