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El Yunque Trail Map

Posted on Jul 8th, 2007 by • Updated on Nov 10th, 2014

The El Yunque National Forest has many trails, streams, rivers and waterfalls that can be enjoyed year-round. Though the forest covers 28,000 acres, when most people (especially tourists) speak of "going to the rain forest" they’re referring to the Recreation Area on the north side of the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains. The "main road" into this area is state road 191. This map shows the trails and roads within the Recreation Area maintained by the US Forest Service.

El Yunque Trail Map

We’ve marked the hiking trails with different colors. There’s no significance to the colors. We just wanted to be able to make the different trails "stand out" on the map. Please note that you can click on the blue labels in the map for more information.

If you’d like to print a map to take with you, check out this larger version of our El Yunque Trail Map that’s more suitable for printing. Clicking the link will open the map in a new window.

El Yunque National Forest is open 7 days/week, year-round.

2014- New route-Take RT 66 until the end at Rio Grande and go east (to the right). Turn right at next light onto RT 186, then bear left onto RT 966/9966. Go about 3 miles and you will come to a “welcome to the Forest” sign. Keep going until you hit RT 191. Turn left for El Portal or right to go up to trails.
Or the conventional route- Take Route 3 toward Rio Grande and Luquillo. Coming from the west, you can either turn off RT 3 at the sign that says RT 191 and take that right up. Or if you miss that (or are coming from the east) You’ll see a big sign pointing to the Wyndham Rio Mar to the north and El Yunque to the south. Turn off of Route 3 at that corner (Eureka gas station). Follow the little road for about 1 minute and you’ll see a sign for road 191 pointing up to the rain forest.

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  1. Ray, thanks for the info. Not only is your website informative, but is also very nicely illustrated. Can I walk from Rio Mar to El Yunque/La Mina Falls?

  2. Technically, I guess you _could_ walk from the Rio Mar to El Yunque, but I don’t think you really want to.

    The distance from the “main entrance” to Rio Mar (which doesn’t include the distance from where ever you’re staying inside of the resort) to El Portal Visitor Center in El Yunque is about 3 miles. Then about another 3 miles (all uphill) to the trailhead for Big Tree Trail (which is the “lowest” trail that will get you to La Mina Falls).

    Your best bet is to rent a car.

  3. I wish someone would post the coordinates or address to get to this forest with a GPS.

  4. Glenn- check out this article: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/el-yunque-overview/

    On the map on the bottom, click on the little hiking symbols at each trail head. It will have all the GPS coordinates you need.

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