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San Juan National Forest

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Address: 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301
Phone Number: +1 970-247-4874
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Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic...

Wilderness area consisting of forested mountains, 14,000-foot peaks, scenic roads, geological formations, prehistoric communities and a narrow-gauge railroad.

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Spectacular Views

We drove almost the entire San Juan Scenic Byway. Breathtaking views with plenty of spots to pull over. Snow-capped mountains, aspen gold, abandoned mines. Just gorgeous.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Bloomingdale, Illinois
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Bloomingdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove almost the entire San Juan Scenic Byway. Breathtaking views with plenty of spots to pull over. Snow-capped mountains, aspen gold, abandoned mines. Just gorgeous.

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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Words can't describe the incredible views on Highway 550 between Durango and Silverton. We drove thru the San Juan Forest when many of the Aspens were still bright yellow which added to the already beautiful scenery. There are numerous scenic turn-offs that allow you to stop, take photos and take in the awesomeness of it all. Truly worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We always pick a full day to enjoy every little aspect of this National Forest. Around ever little bend is a new adventure, a new scene or waterfall. One of the most enjoyable things I did was to find the perfect spot, away from the noise of the crowd, just sit down and become one with nature that surrounds you.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

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 offs that allowed for picture taking and pause to take in the scenes. These drives is what makes Colorado!

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Waterfall, wildlife, lakes, hiking and incredible scenery! This is a must do road trip with spectacular views.

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

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 the area in the future.

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

driving thru this wonderland of scenery is beyond words.....we took a ton of pics and I'm sure they won't do what we could see any justice

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

San Juan National Forest is gorgeous and very large. The Animas River runs through the mountains and is viewable from both Hwy 550 and the Durango-Silverton Train. Mountains are magnificent & worth the trip. We took some back roads up into the mountains. Just spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We spent a week at Pine Point campground in September 2016. The campground is located on the shores of Vallecito Reservoir which is 14 miles north of Bayfield Colorado and 22 miles NE of Durango Colorado. The sites are spacious and not closely situated to neighboring sites. Some sites have full lake views and others offer more seclusion. There aren't... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We first travelled thru by car and then took the train . There were amazing views at every turn. It is especially is beautiful in the fall with all the colors!

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