Dove Creek - Southwest Colorado

Includes Naturita, Nucla


Centrally located in the scenic 4-corners region of southwestern Colorado this area is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and a short distance from the Dolores River Canyon. To the east the LaPlata's (silver in Spanish) to the north the LaSals, to the west the Abaho's or "Blues" and to the south the "Sleeping Ute".

Dove Creek was little more than a raw frontier town until farmers from the dust bowl in eastern Colorado came to plant their pinto beans. Zane Gray author of "The Last Trail: A Story of Early Days in the Ohio Valley" lived here (you can find this book at Barnes & Noble).

Near Dove Creek, Colorado, The CVD

Naturita is along the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway. The drive is spectacular when wildflowers peak in July or during the changing of the aspens in September. Ancient rock outcroppings and red sandstone formations hold fossils from Precambrian times, watch for mark trail. Surrounded by plenty of BLM land and the Uncompahgre National Forest, this is an ideal destination for hunting and wildlife watching.

Nucla is at the base of the Uncompahgre Plateau and the San Miguel Basin. In 1894 In late 1904, the new town site of Nucla was staked out on a little flat in Tabeguache "The Sunny Side" Park. The colonists not wanting to waste an acre of good farm land, situated the town site on a rocky hill unfit for farming. The arrival of water, via a man-made ditch, to the Tabeguache plateau was the beginning of farming and ranching that continues today.

This is the west you've heard about, and read about, with one exception, this is real, it is vast, unspoiled, and spectacular. A rugged wilderness that begs to be seen like the Spanish explorers first saw it. Much of this scenic area can be seen only on horseback or hiking. A short drive of 40 minutes to Mesa Verde National Park, 90 minutes to Durango and 70 minutes to Telluride.

Dove Creek is near: Dolores & Mesa Verde Area

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National Parks and Monuments:
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument

Rafting & Kayaking:
Dolores River Rafting

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