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San Juan National Forest

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Collection: National Forests of Colorado, Protected Areas Established in 1905, Protected Areas of Archuleta County, Colorado, Protected Areas of Conejos County, Colorado, Protected Areas of Dolores County, Colorado, Protected Areas of Hinsdale County, Colorado, Protected Areas of La Plata County, Colorado, Protected Areas of Mineral County, Colorado, Protected Areas of Montezuma County, Colorado, Protected Areas of Rio Grande County, Colorado, Protected Areas of San Juan County, Colorado, Protected Areas of San Miguel County, Colorado, San Juan National Forest
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San Juan National Forest

San Juan National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Map showing the location of San Juan National Forest
Location Colorado, USA
Nearest city Durango, CO
Area 1,878,846 acres (7,603.42 km2)
Established June 3, 1905
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
San Juan National Forest

The San Juan National Forest is a U.S. National Forest covering over 1,878,846 acres (2,935.7 sq mi, or 7,603.42 km²) in western Colorado. The forest occupies land in Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, San Miguel and San Juan Counties.[1] It borders the Uncompahgre National Forest to the north and the Rio Grande National Forest to the east. The forest covers most of the southern portion of the San Juan Mountains west of the Continental Divide. The forest contains two alpine wilderness areas; the Weminuche and South San Juan, as well as the Piedra Area.

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passes through the National Forest.

Theodore Roosevelt created the forest by proclamation on June 3, 1905. Forest headquarters are located in Durango, Colorado. There are local ranger district offices in Bayfield, Dolores, and Pagosa Springs.[2] President Barack Obama designated part of the forest as Chimney Rock National Monument by proclamation on September 21, 2012.[3]


  • Wilderness areas 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Wilderness areas

There are three officially designated wilderness areas lying within San Juan National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. All of them extend partially into neighboring National Forests (as indicated).

See also


  1. ^ Table 6 - NFS Acreage by State, Congressional District and County - United States Forest Service - September 30, 2007
  2. ^ USFS Ranger Districts by State
  3. ^ President of the United States of America (September 21, 2012). "Establishment of the Chimney Rock National Monument" ( 

External links

  • San Juan National Forest (United States Forest Service)
The Continental Divide of the Americas separates the San Juan National Forest and the Rio Grande National Forest
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