Naturita is a small town the sits nestled between some of the largest outdoor recreation areas (Telluride and Moab, UT) in Southwest Colorado. Naturita’s name is derived from Spanish meaning “little nature.” What began as a vibrant ranching community along the San Miguel River, Naturita later became a supply center for nearby mines during the mining boom in Colorado. Founded in 1881 Naturita was once the epicenter for uranium mining, but now boasts some of the best year-round outdoor activities you can find in the U.S. and is a great place to start your outdoor adventures. From here, it is easy to hunt, fish, Jeep, ATV/dirt bike, mountain bike, camp, hike, paddleboard, snowmobile and more!
Located along the #2 Scenic Byway in Colorado (Hwy 141), Naturita is conveniently located 52 miles west of Telluride, 58 miles east of Moab and 56 miles south of Gateway. Naturita sits at an elevation of 5,417 feet with the warmest month being July and the coolest month being February.
One of the attractions of the area is a highly regarded library named as one of the “best small libraries in America” and was honored with the National Medal at the White House due to it’s unique haybale construction. The Rimrocker Museum and Visitor Center are also located in Naturita.
Naturita currently offers a hotel, a motel, B&B and two RV/campground locations. It also has dining, a convenience store/gas station, two marijuana dispensaries, a grocery store and general goods store.