The West End has spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains and is surrounded by Bureau of Land Management land and the Uncompahgre National Forest. With over one million acres of public lands, and over 600 miles of trails, the West End is the ideal location for incredible recreation. A few of the activities include:
- Mountain Biking / Road Biking / e-Biking
- Jeeping / ATV / Motorcycling
- Hiking / Backpacking
- Rafting / Stand-Up Paddleboarding / Float Trips
- Equestrian (Horseback Riding and Rodeo)
- Camping (both “Glamping” and Native Camping)
- Cross-country Skiing
- Native American Petroglyph Viewing
- Wildlife Watching (Wild horses, Birding – maybe the occasional Bobcat!)
- Wild Asparagus picking in the Spring
The Nucla-Naturita Visitor Center, located in Naturita, is a terrific source for information on all the activities listed above.
The Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway (UTB) is the #2 Scenic Byway in the State of Colorado. This beautiful drive takes on a journey through history, geology, culture and nature. The UTB is located in western Colorado, south of Grand Junction. It extends from Whitewater, CO to Placerville, CO, passing through the communities of Gateway, Naturita, Redvale and Norwood. Twisted monoliths and ancient lands bear dinosaur bones and mineral treasures, while the Hanging Flume and Driggs Mansion tell of human endeavors.
Rimrocker Historical Society, is a small museum hosting artifacts of our area’s natural history, Native American history, pioneer history and mining history. The Rimrockers also maintain a picnic area and campground at the site of the historic Uravan Ball Park. In 2013 RHS purchased the historic Vestal House, in Nucla, that is presently undergoing a preservation project through History Colorado. Visit the webpage.