UT Byway SignOverview

The Unaweep/ Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway is full of spectacular sites, rich mining and ranch history, and striking contrasts of color and landscape. Visitors can enjoy beautiful vast views, historic sites and museums, and the outdoor recreation along the way.

133 miles; 3 hours driving time

Key Attractions

  • San Miguel River Environmental Area

  • Unaweep Seep – a hillside comprised of a wet sedge, marsh, and seep ecosystem – a large population of wetland plants and insects are found here

  • Dolores and San Miguel Rivers

  • Driggs Mansion – a 6 bedroom home that was built by the Driggs family in the early 1900’s – built to cultivate the desert area establish water rights

  • West Creek Picnic Area

  • Gateway Colorado Auto Museum

  • Nature Conservancy’s Tabeguache Creek Preserve

  • Hanging Flume – perhaps the most risky and lofty plans in all of mining history

  • Dominguez and Escalante Expedition Historic Marker

  • Nature Conservancy San Miguel Canyon Preserve

  • Gunnison and Dolores Rivers

  • Wildlife – such as the raptor, bald eagle, peregrine, bear, mountain lion, bobcat, elk, mule deer, and coyote

Location

  • Located in western Colorado; 15 miles south of Grand Junction, CO – near the Colorado/Utah boarder

  • The Unaweep/ Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway is made up of Highways 141 and 145

  • The byway runs from the towns of Whitewater, CO to Placerville, CO

  • If driving from north to south, between the towns of Naturita and Norwood take Hwy 145 southerly – do not continue on Hwy 141 in a westerly direction

  • If driving from south to north, between the towns of Norwood and Naturita take Hwy 141 northerly from Hwy 145

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