San Juan National Forest

Usda Forest Service, Colorado.

The San Juan National Forest includes approximately 1.8 million acres of federal lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service in Southwestern Colorado. The scenery ranges from high desert mesas and canyons to high alpine peaks and meadows. The area features a National Forest scenic byway, the San Juan Skyway and a Bureau of Land Management 4WD scenic byway, Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, alpine and nordic skiing, horseback riding, and camping. Come and enjoy the natural splendor of the San Juan Mountains and your public lands!

The San Juan National Forest shares management of three designated Wilderness areas:  the Weminuche Wilderness, The Lizard Head Wilderness and the South San Juan Wilderness.  For more information visit our Wilderness page.

To order maps and guide books, or for information on educational and volunteer programs, please visit the San Juan Mountains Association website at

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The San Juan National Forest has released a draft Recreation Site Analysis and Plan of Work for public review and feedback.
Recreation Site Analysis Page

Camping and Day Use

Activities and Experiences

Nearby Activities

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