Nucla-Naturita Visitors Center
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Whatever your passion is . . .
Adventure is waiting for all ages in all seasons!
We expect your stay in the West End of Montrose County, Colorado to be a memorable and enjoyable one. You will find adventure: Fishing, Hunting, Snowmobiling, Cross-Country Skiing, Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Biking, Canoeing, Swimming, ATV and Jeep Trails, Horseback Riding.
UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU -- US FOREST SERVICE: This vast outdoor recreation area gives you room to breathe. The word "Uncompahgre" is Ute describing water "dirty water" or "rocks that make water red." There are plenty of hiking, biking, climbing, and OHVs trails. The Paradox OHV Trail is 110 mile long, the route links two other long distance trails in the region, the Tabeguache Trail to the east on the Uncompahgre Plateau and the Kokopelli Trail to the west in the La Sal Mountains of Utah. Together, the three trails form the "Grand Loop" a 360 mile backcountry system. Trail users will experience some of the most rugged and remote backcountry terrain in the lower 48.
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS: You could vacation here a week, mountain biking everyday and still need to plan a week for next year! Pick your trail -- Tabeguache Trail to Pinto Mesa, Pinto Mesa to Tabeguache Creek via Nucla, Buckeye Reservoir to Kokopelli Trail, Bull Canyon-Dolores Overlook Trail, Red Canyon Loop Trail, Nucla Airport Mesa Trail, Nyswonger Mesa Trail. The RED CANYON LOOP TRAIL takes between 4-5 hours to complete with the trailhead off Highway 141. Cross into Utah on the BUCKEYE RESERVOIR TO KOKOPELLI TRAIL finishing in Moab; this is a 30 mile ride one way. The NYSWONGER MESA TRAIL suggested drop off point is at the trailhead along Highway 90 as it leaves the Paradox Valley and finishes about 8.5 miles later in Bedrock; enjoy riding the rim of the mesa.
SAN MIGUEL RIVER -- BLM: San Miguel River Recreation Area features diverse ecosystems of rare riparian plant communities. Brown and rainbow trout thrive here, and a number of access points along the river provide excellent fishing opportunities. With whitewater classes ranging between II and IV, boaters can enjoy a variety of river trips. The water's consistent gradient and continuous flow through a boulder-strewn course make for exciting rides. Visitors of this area can travel along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.
DOLORES RIVER -- BLM: After gathering strength in the San Juan Mountains, the Dolores River flows into the Colorado River; it twists and turns through a series of deep wilderness canyons that thrill thousands of rafters, canoeists, and kayakers each spring. The 30-mile-long Dolores River Canyon; hikers interested in exploring this corridor can follow an old jeep road, closed to vehicles, that accesses the first few miles of the canyon's mouth. Along the way you will enjoy spectacular red-rocks, prehistoric and paleontological scenery.
HUNTING: Units are 61, 62, 63, 64, 70. Hunts for Trophy Deer, Bull and Cow Elk, Bear and Cougar in Units 61 and 70. Miramonte Reservoir (Dan Noble State Wildlife Area) offers excellent waterfowl hunting. Dry Creek Basin provides deer, elk, rabbit, dove, mountain lion, and bobcat hunting.
June, 2017 RANDY SKEES' MEMORIAL JEEP POKER TOUR is a guided tour starting at the Nucla Fire Hall. Lunch is served on the tour. The tour will end at the Nucla Fire Hall with dinner. Final cards for your poker hands will be dealt and winners announced during dinner.
STOP AT OUR VISITORS CENTER: 230 W Main St. Naturita, CO for free information, friendly faces and clean restrooms.
For Current Event Dates; For a Visitors Guide: 970-865-2350.
- Elevation: 5823 feet above sea level.
- Region: Naturita & Norwood Area - Southwest, Colorado
- Restaurant: On site.
FUN THINGS TO DO
- Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year
PRIMARILY YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES
- National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
- Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
- Museum: On site.
- Restaurant(s): On site.
PRIMARILY SUMMER ACTIVITIES
- 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.
- Historic/Cultural Tours: 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.
- Bear 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.