National Forests - San Juan National Forest|
|San Juan National Forest is located in southwestern
Colorado on the western slope of the Continental Divide. It covers
an area from east to west of more than 120 miles and from north
to south more than 60 miles, encompassing an area of 1,869,931 acres.
The area mountains have short, cool summers and long, severe winters.
The lower elevations experience a more temperate winter. There are
several permanent snow fields, and snow patches remain in sheltered
areas throughout the summer. You should be prepared for freezing
weather at all times of the year as a summer storm can instantly
turn the warm day you were enjoying into a blizzard.
A host of campgrounds and picnic sites are scattered throughout
this National Forest. Reservations are available through the rangers
offices. Skiers are attracted to Purgatory Ski Area about a half
hour north of Durango. Fly fishing for trout in high mountain lakes,
swift streams or reservoirs such as McPhee, Vallecito, Lemon and
Williams Creek Lake are popular as well. Hunters stalk mule deer,
elk, bear, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, grouse, turkey and ducks
in the region.
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