San Juan National Forest

Welcome to the San Juan National Forest

Adventure Awaits

From high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, the San Juan National Forest offers thousands of miles of back roads and hundreds of miles of trails to explore.

Explore the Forest

San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. From high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, these federal lands are managed for multiple uses and visitors are asked to respect each other and the natural resources. The San Juan National Forest Headquarters is located in Durango, Colorado, with district offices in Bayfield, Dolores and Pagosa Springs.

Major Lunar Standstill at Chimney Rock National Monument

Over the next couple years, a special lunar event will take place at Chimney Rock National Monument (CRNM). This astronomical event occurs every 18.6 years when the moon aligns between the two sandstone spires within CRNM. Learn more about the Major Lunar Standstill and the upcoming closures.

Fire Info  Forest Road Conditions Campground Info Passes and Permits


Discover the Forest

Come and enjoy the natural splendor of the San Juan Mountains and your public lands!

  • Recreation

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    What are your outdoor passions? Hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, alpine and nordic skiing, horseback riding, driving your OHV? Check out what's available to you on our forest.

  • Find Your Way

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    Find your way by exploring our interactive, downloadable, mobile friendly maps as well as maps for online purchase.

  • Plan Ahead

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    Brush up on your forest knowledge, up-to-date Forest Road conditions, fire regulations, campground status and more.


Check out what makes the San Juan National Forest special from valued partnerships to rare wetlands.

  • Visit Chimney Rock National Monument

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    Chimney Rock represents one of the largest Pueblo II (900-1150 AD) communities in southwestern Colorado and is considered a Chacoan cultural “outlier”.

  • Get to Know Your Water

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    Have you ever wondered where your water comes from? When you turn on the tap, how long has your water traveled before it runs out of your faucet and into your water bottle?

  • Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative

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    This initiative operationalizes USDA’s Shared Stewardship Strategy, drawing partners and their resources from across the state to treat priority landscapes at an unprecedented pace and scale.

  • Wetland Restoration Work

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    Rare wetlands, such as the Grasshopper Fen, create unique ecosystems and take thousands of years to develop. In 2019, SJNF workers helped rehabilitate this damaged high elevation Fen.