San Juan National Forest

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  • Address: Antonito, CO 81120, USA, Durango, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Forest, View Point, Hiking Trail, Scenic Drive, Family And Kids, Adventure, Adventure Sport

Situated to the north of Durango is the San Juan National Forest, a lush green layer that spreads over mountains, peaks, river and lake sides. This forest is one of the top places for camping and hiking in Colorado. Besides this, you can head to this forest for cross-country skiing, rafting, horseback riding, biking, fishing, boating etc. The narrow-gauge railway line between Durango and Silverton runs through the middle of this forest. You can also take your vehicle for a drive on the scenic San Juan Skyway that will take you to the many villages surrounding this forest. For those with an adventurous streak, the Needles Mountains in the Weminuche Wilderness Area beckons.

  • Make sure you take all the necessary precautions before entering the reserve. Listen to all the instructions provided by the activity guides.
  • Do not go wandering alone in the forest.

  • You will have to hire a car to get here.

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  • San Juan National Forest Address: Antonito, CO 81120, USA, Durango, United States
  • San Juan National Forest Timing: 24-hrs
  • San Juan National Forest Price: Free
  • Best time to visit San Juan National Forest(preferred time): 08:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit San Juan National Forest: 05:00 Hrs
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  • 27.24% of people who visit Durango include San Juan National Forest in their plan

  • 63.16% of people start their San Juan National Forest visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see San Juan National Forest

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Juan National Forest

People normally club together Million Dollar Highway and Pinkerton Hot Springs while planning their visit to San Juan National Forest.

People also prefer to start their day with San Juan National Forest.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Very nice drive via the scenic byways, many areas to stop, pull over and take pictures. In Autumn all of the Aspen leaves have turned a golden-yellow color and shimmer in the light. Campsites that I pasted by and could see from the road looked maintained and cared for.

  • Absolutely beautiful locations. Can't wait to go back and explore some more. Would highly recommend visiting San Juan National Forest. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore. Highly recommend!

  • We stayed at Bear Paw Lodge. The cabins are a little run down, but it is located near some walking trails that were really nice. Vallecito Lake is so lovely - especially in the fall.

  • I love getting out here and living a good outdoor life. The air is great, you can find places where no one else is and be alone in the quiet. Gorgeous views no matter which part of the state you're in.

  • It seems kinda funny to rate a National Forest of almost two million acres, covering much of Southwest Colorado. It's diverse, with countless beautiful and scenic areas. Name an outdoor activity and you can probably do it here, and there are things to see and do year-round.

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