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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 www.utbw.org 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.

Features


Local Chamber(s) of Commerce


Byways Corridor Management Plan


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 sections 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.
Program Contacts
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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222
  • Colorado Tourism Office
    1-800-COLORADO
    Visit the website. 
2016 Partnerships

Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways 2016 partnerships

All-American Road Sponsor:

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America's Byways Sponsor:

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Colorado Scenic Byway Sponsor:

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