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San Juan National Forest, Durango

Categories: Forests, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
Explore the forest with lots of historic mining towns, hiking trails, and waterfalls at San Juan National Forest. Adventure into the woods for exciting walks and discover hot springs, pretty scenery and wild trails. Visit this perfect location for camping on hot summer days, with lots of shade and camping grounds with picnic spots. The campground host checks daily for the safety of campers and keeps the toilet facilities clean. Lack of dump stations means that you need to be self-contained. Participate in wild mushroom hunting with abundant King Boletes, Hawkwings, and, if you’re lucky, Shaggy Manes. 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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  • We drove Hyw 550 from Durango to Silverton which turned into a breathtaking views of the Rockies. We went during fall when the Aspens were in peak. It was not a hard drive that provided several pull o...  read more »
  • Waterfall, wildlife, lakes, hiking and incredible scenery! This is a must do road trip with spectacular views. 
  • It was beautiful to say the least being we went during the Fall Foliage time of the year. Everywhere we drove was beautiful with the changing leaves. We saw some dear and would love to come back to th...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Absolutely breathtaking. The San Juan Mountains are my favorite mountains in Colorado. If you visit, ride the Durango-Silverton train, drive the Million Dollar Highway, take a jeep tour up into the mountains in Ouray or Silverton, and hike to Ice Lake.
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