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Unaweep Tabeguache

Length: 133 miles. Driving time: 3 hours.

Unaweep TabeguacheUnaweep Tabeguache MapA fabulous journey through history, geology, culture and nature awaits you on the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.  Consisting of Highways 141 and 145, the vast scenery along this byway will keep you inspired along your journey.  Visit the historic Driggs Mansion or the Hanging Flume and step back into history to a much simpler time. Visit our website at to learn more about the sites, activities, culture and accommodations and to request a brochure.

Unaweep Canyon knifes through the soft red sandstone of the Uncompahgre Plateau all the way to Precambrian times. Ancient rivers silted the rock away, exposing hundreds of millions of years of the geologic record (including fossils of dinosaurs and early amphibians). Other secrets of the earth were ferreted out by miners with picks and shovels. The canyon witnessed a copper boom around the turn of the century; decades later, the U.S. Army processed ore from nearby Uravan to produce the uranium used in the first atomic bombs. Above all, this ageless desert region offers sheer scenic wonder - striated cliffs towering a thousand feet overhead, raging streams, and boundless skies.

San Miguel River Recreation Area
Unaweep Seep
Dolores and San Miguel Rivers
Driggs Mansion
West Creek Picnic Area
Gateway Colorado Auto Museum
Nature Conservancy's Tabeguache Creek Preserve
Hanging Flume
Dominguez and Escalante Expedition Historic Marker
Nature Conservancy San Miguel Canyon Preserve
Local Chamber of Commerce(s):

Byways Corridor Management Plan
Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway Management Plan Aug 1995
Unaweep-Tageguache Byway Corridor Management Plan - Sep 2013

Special Considerations:
  • Bring full tank of gas, food, and water.
  • Don't litter - Pack out your trash.
  • Long intervals between service stops.
  • Obey posted speed limit signs
  • Plan your trip carefully, there are section of the byway without fuel or cell service.
  • Please do not touch any cultural artifacts
  • Respect private property. Much of the land adjacent to the byway is private. Bring binoculars to view distant scenery.
  • Use caution and common sense when attemping to travel on any unpaved roads.
  • Watch for wildlife and livestock on the roadway. Livestock has the right-of-way.
  • Watch for falling rocks along the byway
Contact Information


Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E Arkansas Ave, Shumate Bldg
Denver CO 80222-3406

Colorado Tourism Office
Call 1-800-COLORADO (800-265-6723)

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