Colorado Scenic Byways Map
Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway
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.
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 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.
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.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
Big Things Happen in -- Little Nature -- Rimrocker Trail, Buckeye Reservoir, Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, San Miguel River, wildlife, ancient petroglyphs, hike, fish, ATV, mountain bike, hunt, raft.
PLAY in SW CO! Nucla along Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, Hwy 141: San Juan Mountains and Uncompahgre Plateau, Off-Road Trails - ATV, bike, hike; fish San Miguel River, prehistoric caves and art.
The Tooker Family renovated this historic landmark the Vestal House at Tabeguache Park: a Bed and Breakfast and RV Park in Nucla. Explore the Unaweep Tabeguache Byway and Rimrocker 4x4-ATV Trail.
More Activities & Information
Grand Junction, Colorado includes: Clifton, De Beque, Fruita, Gateway, Palisade
Naturita & Nucla Area, Colorado includes: Nucla
Telluride, Colorado includes: Rico