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Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway

 

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Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic Byway near Delta, Grand Junction, Montrose, Naturita, Nucla, Telluride

The Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway running just outside the Uncompahgre National Forest is along the western edge of Colorado, almost to the Utah border. Stretching for about 130 miles, it will take you almost 3 hours to drive it all. This area is filled with history: geological formations, Native American buildings, petroglyphs, hieroglyphics.

Red flowers along the Tabeguache Scenic Byway outside the Uncompahgre National forest in western Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
Unobstucted Views of Snow Covered Mountains Along the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway
Red Sandstone Cliffs along the Tabeguache Scenic Byways, Photo by Sandy Pottoriff
Red Sandstone Cliffs and Blue Skies Line this Unforgettable Scenic Drive

 

All that remains of the Driggs Mansion is worn down sandstone walls. Built in the early 1900s, Lawrence LaThourette Driggs purchased the land with the hope of developing and cultivating desert land. This was a tough feat because water rights limited their ability to irrigate the land. The structure isn't on the State or National Historical Site Registries but it does qualify.

The remains of Driggs Mansion, Photo by Mike Mortensen
The Worn Remains of Driggs Mansion
Sandstone Walls and fall colors along the Dolores River, Photo by Mike Mortensen
The San Miguel River Cuts Through the Valley

 

The Hanging Flume near Uravan was built for carrying water to the gold mines along the Dolores River. It was only used for a few years after miners realized the gold was unrecoverable from the deposits. You can still see remains of the flume along the walls but much of it has vanished.

The Hanging Flume hugs the cliff wall along the San Miguel Rver, Photo By Jerrod Fast
The Hanging Flume Hugs the Cliff Wall along the San Miguel River
Red Cliffs with yellow aspen trees along the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, Photo By Mike Mortesen
The Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway is Filled With All Shades of Color

 

Along the byway there are many sightseeing opportunities and fun things to do. Whitewater Rafting is popular along the Gunnison River just outside of Whitewater and Delta. Various hiking and picnicking areas along the byway allow vacationers the opportunity to see the beautiful scenery: panoramic views, forests, wildlife, sandstone layers.

Location: From I-70 in Grand Junction, take Highway 50 South. Turn onto Hwy 141 just outside of Whitewater; this is where the Byway starts. Follow Highway 141 through Gateway, Uravan, Vancorum, and Naturita. The byway continues on Hwy 145 through Norwood and ends in Placerville.

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Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do

High Country RV Park link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
High Country is along the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, Highway 141. RV Park near groceries, gas, restaurants, Naturita Info Center, library. San Miguel River boat launch 1 block away. Pets welcome.
Town of Naturita - A Vacation Destination to Nature  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Big Things Happen in "Little Nature" Buckeye Recreation Reservoir, San Miguel River, Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, wildlife & bird watch, ancient petroglyphs, hunt, fish, ATV, dirt bike, or hike.

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Delta, Colorado

Naturita & Norwood Area, Colorado includes: Nucla, Norwood

Grand Junction, Colorado includes: Clifton, DeBeque, Fruita, Gateway, Palisade

Telluride, Colorado includes: Rico



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