El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. This forest is commonly known as El Yunque, which may be attributed to either a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taíno word yu-ke which means “white lands”, or the word “anvil,” which is yunque in Spanish.
El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres (43.753 mi2) of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. The highest mountain peak in the forest rises 3,494 feet (1,065 m) above sea level. Ample rainfall creates a setting full of lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and rivers are a prevalent sight. The forest has a number of trails from which the jungle-like territory’s flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs.
The driving distance between San Juan to El Yunque is 53km and it takes you approximately 48 minutes. If you don’t have a car you can take a Taxi or an Uber.
Phone: 787-888-1880 or 787-888-1810
Location: HC-01, Box 13490 Rio Grande, PR 00745-9625
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HsY66siaUT42
Yunque Portalito Hub: Open from 9am to 5pm. Free of Charge.
Park Hours: open every day from 8am to 6pm
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Available areas for public as of May 2, 2019 as stated on the park’s Facebook page:
- Road 988, Puente Roto & Angelito’s Trail
- Road 191 North, La Coca Trail & La Coca Falls and Yokahu Tower – until 4:30pm
- Road 191 North, Juan Diego, Baño Grande, La Vereda, Spur & Mt. Briton Tower up to Pico de El Yunque.
- 191 South in Naguabo: Rio Sabana Recreation Area (open weekends 9am to 5pm)
- 186, Spiritu Santo River, El Toro Trail & Quebrada Grande daily use.
Notes: Recreational Area Gazebos and Kiosks are not available at this time. Parking is limited to 30 minutes at Yokahu, La Coca and Juan Diego. Big Tree Trail and La Mina Trail to the popular La Mina Falls, remain closed at this time.