Wild Durango Backpacking Adventures

Frequently Asked Questions

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The San Juan Mountains are a range of mountains in southwestern Colorado, known for their stunning scenery, high peaks, and exceptional backpacking opportunities.

The best time to go backpacking in the San Juan Mountains is typically from late June through early October, when the weather is generally mild and the trails are clear of snow.

Essential items to bring on a backpacking trip in the San Juan Mountains include a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, water filter or purification tablets, stove, fuel, cooking gear, food, appropriate clothing and footwear, a map and compass or GPS, a first aid kit, and a bear canister.

Permits are required for overnight backpacking trips in some areas of the San Juan Mountains. We will take care of any permits required if they are required for the areas we'll visit.

The backpacking trails in the San Juan Mountains vary in difficulty from easy to strenuous, depending on the terrain and elevation gain. Be sure to choose a trail that matches your skill level and physical fitness.

Water sources can vary depending on the time of year and location. It is important to carry a water filter or purification tablets to make sure that you have access to safe drinking water.

Yes, high-altitude backpacking in the San Juan Mountains can be challenging due to the thinner air and greater risk of altitude sickness. It is important to acclimate properly and be prepared for changes in weather conditions.

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