Town of Naturita - A Vacation Destination to Nature



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Lone Cone Peak in the fall near Naturita, Colorado
Naturita Means "Little Nature" But There is Nothing "Little" About It

Big Things Happening In "Little Nature" -- NATURITA IS THE ATTRACTION

Welcome to Naturita, a small town that sits nestled between some of the largest recreation areas (Telluride and Moab) in Southwest Colorado. Naturita boasts some of best year-round outdoor activities you can find! Naturita is the best choice whether you're looking to hunt, fish, ATV, dirt bike, or hike in the heart of Colorado.

UNCOMPAHGRE FOREST ATTRACTION: The Uncompahgre National Forest lies in the heart of American alpine country. It's a land of 14,000-foot peaks, fast-flowing creeks, alpine lakes, deep spruce forests, red rock gorges. Black bears call this forest home. It's also a land of gold, abandoned mine shafts and ghost towns dot the landscape, emblems of the Uncompahgre's Gold Rush past. Prospectors staked their claims in the 1800s. The roads built by the miners now serve as major thoroughfares into the forest's vast backcountry.

UNAWEEP-TABEGUACHE SCENIC and HISTORIC BYWAY ATTRACTION: The drive is 133 miles and will take 2 hours 47 minutes without stopping -- take your time! CAMERAS and SMART-PHONES are needed! This is a fabulous journey through history, geology, culture and nature. It extends from Whitewater to Placerville, Colorado, passing through the communities of Gateway, Naturita, Nucla, Redvale and Norwood. Twisted monoliths and ancient lands bear dinosaur bones and mineral treasures, while the HANGING FLUME and the DRIGGS MANSION tell of human endeavors in a challenging landscape.

BUCKEYE RECREATION AREA and RESERVOIR ATTRACTION: The Buckeye Recreation Area is adjacent to Buckeye Reservoir. The area is popular for picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking, and boating. Forest roads in the area provide for off-highway vehicle touring and the nearby state lands provide motorized trails for ATVs and motorcycles. There is a boat ramp for small fishing boats (wakeless speed).

SAN MIGUEL RIVER ATTRACTION: The San Miguel River begins in the San Juan Mountains above Telluride, Colorado and ends at the confluence with the Dolores River 72 miles downstream. The San Miguel drops over 7,000 feet, offering whitewater boaters a variety of runs, all within the class II+ to III range.

WILDLIFE and BIRD WATCHING ATTRACTION: Our remote valley has excellent scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. The floor of the valley is filled with sagebrush, where it is easy to find Sage Thrasher, Sage Sparrow, jackrabbits, and Mule Deer. A couple of small farm ponds on the western end of the valley are good for watching ducks and shorebirds, with Sandhill Cranes nesting in the area. THIS IS THE BEST PLACE IN COLORADO TO SEE RING-NECKED PHEASANT. The pinyon-juniper hillsides should be checked for Gray Vireo, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Gray Flycatcher, and Pinyon Jay. Where the highway crosses the river, keep an eye out for Black Phoebe.

ANCIENT PETROGLYPHS ATTRACTION: West of Naturita in the Paradox Valley are several sites where you can find petroglyphs and experience why visitors say "The earth there is sacred ground." Leave the highway far behind, and follow off-road trails retracing the footsteps of the Anasazi "Ancient Ones," people who left images of their lives on stone. These Petroglyphs are made by creating small holes with a sharp tool and striking it with a mallet stone. Petroglyphs are not pictographs which are drawn or painted on a rock. In Paradox Valley the Petroglyphs are of human figures, geometric and abstract lines, various animals, butterflies, insects, lizards and animal tracks.

For Current Event Dates; For a Visitors Guide: 970-865-2286.



  • Elevation: 5593 feet above sea level.
  • Region: Naturita & Norwood Area - Southwest, Colorado
  • Restaurant: On site.

  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

  • National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
  • Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
  • Native American Reservation/Pueblo: On site.
  • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
  • Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Museum: On site.
  • Restaurant(s): On site.

  • Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
  • Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: On site.
  • Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: On site.
  • Jeep Trails: Trails start on site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.

  • Hunting in Area: On site.
  • Guided Hunts: Yes.
  • Drop Camps: Yes.
  • Rifle Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Archery Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Muzzle Loading Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Bird Hunting (Turkey, Grouse, Pheasant): Yes.
  • Deer Hunting: Yes.
  • Elk Hunting: Yes.
  • Mountain Lion Hunting: Yes.
  • Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 61, 62, 63, 64, 70,

  • Cross Country Skiing Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Snowshoe Trails: Trails on site.
  • Ice Fishing: On site.

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