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Parks & nature in La Plata County

Park
“San Juan National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. The Forest Supervisor's Office is located in the San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango. ”
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Park
“Exceptional fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch. Very clean day use areas, fresh water available...incredible five miles of non-motorized trail...all with up-close views of the San Juans.”
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Trail
“The one and only Colorado Trail begins here. Take a short hike on the first leg. Easy for beginners and nature lovers.”
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Gym
“Gym, pool, hot tub, and climbing wall. This is a great place to work out or take the kids. The kid's pool is more like a water park than a kiddy pool. Day passes available for $6-7/person.”
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Park
“Great for cross country skiing in the winter. If you’re feeling ambitious there are several peaks to climb. There is also a nice easy trail that follows the river. ”
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Campground
“Boats, fishing, boards, camp area if you want to make a fire and feel like you went camping but you get to sleep in your clean bed! Only 2 minutes away. ”
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Trail
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Bike Trail
“Well marked in town trail. Good for mountain biking and hiking. Easy to moderate. Moderate and above if you climb hogsback. Do not do hogsback if you have fear of heights. ”
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Park
“Take your dogs or your bikes up the Southern start of the Colorado Trail. From a day hike to a 2 month long trek, this trail continues across the state for 487 miles ending near Denver, CO.”
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Park
“For a quick hike with your furry friends or kids, go here. I hike this thail all of the time in my am routine. Love the easy access and cardio workout if you want to go fast. ”
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Campground
“You can park below the camp ground or at the beginning of the dirt road to access Junction Creek Trail. This is a nice trail for dogs, and bikes. Follows Junction Creek up to the bridge and then goes up a switchbacks to Gudies Rest, a lookout. ”
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Park
“NOTE: As of Fall, 2018, access to Hermosa Creek Trail from Hermosa is officially restricted due to last season's wildfires that decimated much of that area. There is still access to the south end of the ecosystem via Junction Creek Trail and hiking north. The area is closed mostly due to timber stands that are burned out on the inside, but still standing, and have potential to fall on hikers. Also there is mud and erosion damage due to snow and rain runoff. ****************** Fantastic hike, bike. Serene meadows, gentle creeks. Great day hike. For the advanced, hike for several miles & drop down into town at Junction Creek road & Main. I've seen bears (and with bear cubs) & mountain lions.”
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Farm
“Take a tour of the farm, get some farm fresh groceries & something to eat at the grill.”
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Park
“See the knackers and rafters in the summer. Also a great play ground. You can walk or bike there on the River Trail. ”
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