San Juan National Forest


In southwest Colorado, where you are already removed from civilization, you can further disappear on a llama trek organized by any of several area outfitters, on which you hike through the alpine scenery of the San Juan National Forest with a 300-pound animal carrying your gear. San Juan comprises 2.5 million acres and offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. San Juan also offers a wealth of recreational activities. More than forty developed campgrounds are located throughout the forest. Backcountry camping is also popular here, and the narrow gauge train line, the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, routinely takes backpackers to two primary trailheads in the forest. About 500 miles of trails allow you to explore San Juan on your own, or with any of the dozens of regional outfitters. Look for the Chimney Rock Anasazi ruins, and the San Juan Skyway, a designated scenic byway. Call San Juan National Forest for information about camping permits, suggestions for outfitters, seasonal warnings, and other information. Pets: Leashed pets are permitted in San Juan National Forest. Reservations: To make reservations at a National Forest campground, call 877-444-6777. A nonrefundable fee is charged for each reservation made.


15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301


37.27278500, -107.89210400
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(970) 247-4874

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