San Juan Mountains Info
The San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado occupy about one third of the western slope. This vast mountain range stretches from the San Luis Valley on the east to the Utah-Colorado line to the west, and from the Gunnison River valley in the north to the New Mexico-Colorado line to the south.
The San Juans offer endless angling opportunities from famous rivers like Rio Grande, San Juan, Animas, Dolores, and Gunnison to an infinite number of high country streams and lakes. A great majority of this area is public land managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service. The Rio Grande, San Juan, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison national forests cover more than 2 million acres, so you are never far from a designated wilderness area in the San Juans.
The towns of Durango, Silverton, Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Gunnison, Creede, and Pagosa Springs all provide supporting facilities for this immense outdoor playground. Summer activities include mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, 4X4 adventures, to name a few. with winter activities being skiing, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. Opportunities for fishing, site seeing, and lounging in hot springs exist year around. With so many things to see and do the San Juan Mountains make a perfect vacation destination for families, fisherman, and outdoor enthusiast alike.