San Juan National Forest, Durango

4.8
#1 of 16 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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  • Drive the Million Dollar Highway!!! Beautiful scenery!! We didnt have much snow the week we visited and luckily, the road was open. Gorgeous drive from Silverton to Ouray!!  more »
  • We drove through numerous places in the San Juan National Forest between Pagosa Springs, Durango, and Ouray. This is truly beautiful scenery of mountains and forests. Everyone should drive through her...  more »
  • Although there wasn't any snow when we visited, it was still beautiful. The Animas river runs through the forest and the scenery is just beautiful. I want to return during the summer and spend more ti...  more »
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  • The San Juan mountains hold the highest concentration of 13ers in the state, making it an incredible place for backcountry skiing or hiking/climbing. It's pretty far from big hubs like Denver, which keeps the number of visitors relatively low (which is a good thing for those who do make it out there, as you have an extreme sense of remoteness once you venture out). Highly recommend skiing from red mountain pass.
  • We stayed in the guesthouse for 3 nights. Room was spacious, clean with full convienant kitchen. Pools are nice but they have strange hours and rules. Guests are not allowed to use pools before 11:00 and the pools are all closed on Wednesday with no discount off room price.There is a beautiful private pool steps from guesthouse that is off limits to people staying in guesthouse for some reason. Person who checked us in was OK but staff completely ignored us the rest of our stay and we had a very unfriendly encounter with cleaning lady. Overall, $300 per night (extra hidden fees) seems overpriced for outdated room, unfriendly staff and limited use of facilities.
  • Absolutely beautiful country. Never have I been so blessed to be in such an area. Trails are great in good condition
  • A hidden treasure with breath taking vista's. Something for everyone. Bald Eagles, easy to challenging hikes, both day and multi nights, horseback trails, Photo opportunities, camping, fishing, boating. Truely a magical place.
  • A small hike to see Treasure Falls, and worth the visit to see. Easy off the highway on the south side of the mountain and Wolf Creek Pass
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