San Juan National Forest, Durango

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    Worth crossing by car this park, pausing every so often to make spectacular photos and enjoy unique landscapes.
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  • September 29, 2017
    This National Forest is huge, well kept and absolutely breath taking in most points. Thank fully , it is being cared for in an excellent fashion for more people to enjoy, hike or do other activities.  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    We hiked hope lake near trout creek and the Elbert creek trail. Beautiful color! Smelling the pines and watching the aspens shutter in the breeze was awesome. The hope lake hike was in snow!  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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