Description - The Caribbean National Forest, known as El Yunque, is the only tropical forest in the United States National Forest System. The Forest is located Puerto Rico. Its rugged land climbs from almost sea level to about 3,500 feet above sea level and is doused with up to 200 inches of rain every year. Each year we welcome about 600,000 visitors from all over the world who come to sample the rain-forest’s eco-tourism pleasures while developing a greater understanding of its ecological importance by walking our many beautiful trails.
- Islanders typically visit the forest in the hot summer months of July and August when they take advantage of the cool river pools and shady picnic areas. Most of our off-island visitors come during the winter and early spring months. Many cruise ship passengers take advantage of their day in Puerto Rico to take a tour into the heart of the forest.
Our quiet times are mid April through mid June and September through October.But whatever time of the year you visit our scenic roadways, picnic areas, nature trails, and the El Portal Rain Forest Center, we will be open and ready for your enjoyment.
Recreation - Recreational activities at El Yunque National Forest include; hiking, nature viewing, picnicking, scenic driving and water activities.
Climate - The rugged Luquillo Mountains that rise to 3,533 ft. above sea level comprise most of the forest land. Their steep slopes can sometimes receive rainfall of over 200 inches (508 centimeters) per year at higher elevations. Caressed by gentle easterly winds the forest has an average temperature of 73° F (21° C), and seasonal changes are almost imperceptible. It is the ideal climate for exuberant tropical vegetation.
El Yunque National Forest is located on the eastern end of Puerto Rico. From the Greater San Juan area drive east/southeast on Hwy 3 to hwy 191. Go south on 191 to El Portal Rain Forest Center.