Town of Nucla - A Vacation Destination
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Nucla -- Oh What Fun It Is -- - Vacation Destination
A secluded little town on the North side of the San Miguel River and nestled in the southwest mountains of Colorado. Explore the San Juan mountain range to the south, the La Sal mountain range to the west and the Uncompahgre Plateau to the north. We are an old west frontier where you can ride your horse or your tractor to town and to church and no one blinks an eye.
HIKING: We are surrounded by mountain and public land, so the hiking is amazing. Here are two trails that offer hikers a taste of the area. The Indian Trail (Forest Trail #500) is a primitive trail that travels through the Tabeguache Area. A 9.6 mile trail offers spectacular views of red rock cliffs in the Tabeguache Creek drainage as it descends 800 feet from Pinto Mesa to the creek bottom. The Tabeguache Area Trails is a 7-mile trail system near Nucla, Colorado and rated moderate. Tabeguache Creek begins on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The trail's main fork slopes down quickly into a steep-walled canyon of red Wingate Sandstone, while the North Fork takes a more leisurely route, winding 5 miles through vibrant aspen forests before it dips into a red sandstone cliff canyon.
FISHING: Anglers preferring to fly-fish cast your line in Naturita Creek, San Miguel River, Hamilton Creek, Dry Creek, Big Bucktail Creek, Little Bucktail Creek, Forty-seven Creek, Shavano Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Campbell Creek and North Fork Tabeguache Creek.
JEEPING, ATVING and MOUNTAIN BIKING: The Uncompahgre Plateau is a vast expanse of public lands and is a great place to combine off-roading with hiking, mountain biking, hunting and camping. For those who possess the right equipment, the Plateau is also home to some world-class rock crawling “routes."
HUNTING: Colorado Hunting units 61 and 62 are known for their Elk. The Elk archery and muzzle loader hunting is the most action packed hunt you can find in Colorado.
BIRD WATCHING: The Uncompahgre Plateau has some of the best ponderosa pine forest in the state, the Plateau also features aspen woodlands, shrub lands, mountain meadows and coniferous forest. Drive the Divide Road off of Highway 141. In pinyon-juniper woodland will can find Juniper Titmouse, Virginia’s and Black-Throated Gray Warblers, and Pinyon Jay. As you rise in elevation you will encounter ponderosa woodland featuring Williamson’s Sapsucker, Grace’s Warbler, Green-Tailed Towhee, and Pygmy Nuthatch. Our aspen forests are next with Purple Martin, Red-Naped Sapsucker, and Flammulated Owl. The Plateau meadows attract Mountain Bluebird, Vesper Sparrow, and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet.
COTTONWOOD & TABEGUACHE CAVES: Tabeguache Cave best known for the archaeological work of Clarence Thomas Hurst in the 1940s. The cave was a rock shelter for the Tabeguache Puebloans long before Europeans settled the area. It is 10 miles northeast of Nucla. Cottonwood Cave was occupied as early as 270 BCE, this large rock shelter is the site of the earliest dated corn found in Colorado, this cave is about 10 miles northwest.
For Current Event Dates; For a Visitors Guide: 970-864-7351.
- Elevation: 5787 feet above sea level.
- Region: Naturita & Norwood Area - Southwest, Colorado
- Restaurant: On site.
- Internet Cafe: On site.
- 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.
- Restaurant(s): On site.
- Internet Cafe: On site.
- Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: 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.
- Bear Hunting: Yes.
- Mountain Goat Hunting: Yes.
- Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 61, 62, 63, 64,
- Snowshoe Trails: Trails on site.