nature trips

wild flowers




trail running


dogs on leash

mountain biking

dog friendly


kid friendly

horseback riding





rock climbing

off road driving

fly fishing

scenic driving

wheelchair friendly

The San Juan National Forest spans more than 1.8 million acres of puclic lands near Durango in the southwestern corner of Colorado. The forest encompasses three wilderness areas: Weminuche Wilderness, South San Juan Wilderness, and Lizard Head Wilderness, two of which are alpine wilderness areas. San Juan National Forest was declared by president Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 and is now also part of the Chimney Rock National Monument. The park's terrain ranges from high-desert to alpine peaks of the San Juan Mountains. Popular highlights within the park include the San Juan Skyway, a scenic drive with excellent views, and numerous hiking trails including Ice Lake Basin Trail. Activities in the park include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and skiing. The National Forest also offers many campsites for use, including Cayton Campground. If you want some history, take a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a historic landmark that passes through the national forest.

An easy stroll, especially if you have smaller kids. Lots of opportunities to scramble down to the river and just play around. Excellent views. Interesting rock formations.

My favorite hike!

Beautiful Hike! Definitely worth it

Cool trail. The upper part is closed until the spring to protect the winter range of deer and elk. Still a nice walk with views of Durango.

Difficult hike for us middle-aged hikers, but we pushed through and it was worth it! beautiful lake and amazing echos! We need a day to recover, though. Even our dog was tired!

10 days ago

Most trails in this system are fairly easy, well-signed, and a nice hike. We’ve done 1&2, but today we hiked the 3.7 mile West Loop. Best start is to park at Junction Creek Rd milepost 5. The trail is right at the side (high) of the road.

This is an amazing hike with views of Vallecito Creek running wild through the gorge. Tremendous whitewater and plenty of opportunities to sit and chill by the Creek. Has some ups and downs and the first bridge makes a good half day hike at about 3.7 miles each way.

13 days ago

This is a great hiking trail. Beautiful scenery, friendly people. Lookout for runners and mountain bikers. Share the trail

Decent views, nothing spectacular but it was a good day trip close to town

Fun hike. I left my Canon DSLR somewhere on it though. Anybody see it?

15 days ago

Did ice lake and island lake on Nov. 24th. The lakes were almost complete frozen, but the view was still astounding! Bits of snow in the woods, a lot of packed snow on top. Brought microspikes which were really helpful, wouldn’t need snow shoes though. Will definitely come back in summer!

16 days ago

epic views, love the goats, we even took a bath in the creek - it was freezing! the train ride in makes this trail even more epic! i tried to get some film too! https://youtu.be/2iDmEsqbobA

16 days ago

Very epic trail. I just loved going in on the train. Make sure to get up early if you are wanting to summit the mtns. We did windom and we should have got up earlier. i try to get some film while i was there - it is beyond gorgeous! https://youtu.be/2iDmEsqbobA

Great morning hike! Steep and snowy towards the top on Thanksgiving weekend, yak tracks or hiking poles would be a good idea. Trailhead was a bit awkward as you have to go through a cattle gate to get in... there was a path through the grass to the left that distracted us initially. Go through the green cattle gate to start! I added some photos. Enjoy!