San Juan National Forest Guide

Spanning nearly 1.8 million acres of southwestern Colorado, San Juan National Forest offers unparalleled opportunities for recreation. The massive forest contains diverse landscapes, from the alpine peaks of the Rockies to beautiful desert mesas. Bird-watching and other wildlife viewing are year-round activities in this forest, and visitors can choose from hundreds of miles of trails through which they can venture into the wilderness for the best peek at local nature. For those who enjoy driving to the best mountain vistas, San Juan National Forest features many scenic byways suitable for any vehicle. Camping, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding are all available here. While nature lovers will undoubtedly enjoy San Juan National Forest, history buffs will also feel at home among the historical sites located within the forest, including the famous Chimney Rock National Monument. 

Shape Hiking Trails

San Juan National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in San Juan National Forest

The greatest appeal of San Juan National Forest is undoubtedly the beautiful natural features. This massive forest features some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the entire state of Colorado. Wildflower fields abound throughout the forest, representing just a portion of the diverse flora native to the area. Whether on a lengthy camping trip or short hike, visitors to the forest are all but guaranteed to see majestic examples of area wildlife. Other activities are abundant within San Juan National Forest.

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How to get to San Juan National Forest

Address: 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301

Fee: Entry fee $0

The massive size and scope of San Juan National Forest make this destination perfect for all skill levels. The forest features strenuous hikes and casual walks, all with amazing scenery and wildlife. Numerous scenic byways and RV-friendly campsites make San Juan National Forest an ideal RV trip destination. Whether winter or summer, San Juan National Forest has a recreation opportunity suitable for any traveler.