Adventures Await

Welcome to the West End! This unique corner of western Colorado is an undiscovered treasure trove for adventure – offering outdoor activities for every age, passion and skill-level. Tucked away between Telluride and Moab on Colorado’s western slope, this area is not a National Park with paved walkways and ‘no petting’ signs. It is raw and rugged. It requires personal responsibility, wayfinding, and a John Wayne-like attitude.

It’s storied mining, tribal and agricultural heritage are the bedrock of this tightly knit community that relishes the old way of life. It feels like taking a step back in time with a slow pace, unspoiled nature and genuine smiles from locals that will bring you back time and time again.

Mining for Treasures. This is our motto in the West End.

The West End embodies the diversity of Colorado’s landscape with vast wilderness encompassing dramatic red rock canyons to wide-open pastureland. Top it off with breathtaking views, plus a temperate climate that encourages year-round outdoor activities (like mountain biking, hiking and off-roading) and you have the ideal playground. There are countless wilderness experiences at your fingertips…you just have to dig a little to find them! We do not have billboards or even signage on most trails. But, if you take the time to do a little research – you will find hidden gems like stunning trails, waterfalls, rock arches, and petroglyphs throughout the region.

You just have to choose how to get there!

Recreating Responsibly in the West End

There are many things to do in western Colorado…particularly in the West End! Due to travel restrictions in other areas, the West End has seen an uptick in visitors and recreationalists. We ask you treat our public lands as you would treat your own backyard. Stay on designated trails and byways, pack out what you pack in and tread lightly!

Click below for more information on a host of outdoor activities.

From technical single track to mellow 4WD roads, there are trails for every rider.

ORGANIZATIONS

  • West End Trail Alliance WETA

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BUSINESSES

LOCAL FAVORITES

Paraodox Trail, Nucla Loop Trails

Explore endless miles of trails with breathtaking views, bird watching, petroglyphs and more.

ORGANIZATIONS

  • West End Trail Alliance WETA

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LOCAL FAVORITES

Nucla Loop Trails, Paradox Trail, Shamrock Trail, Dolores River Trail, Gurley Ditch, Roc Creek Petroglyphs Trail

Most of the rock is sandstone, with everything from short crags to pinnacles to long sandstone cracks.

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ATV, 4WD & Dirt Biking: A great way to see the varied terrain of the West End. Please respect the terrain, stay on designated trails and byways.

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BUSINESSES

  • 3 Peaks ATV Rental: Info

LOCAL FAVORITES

Thunder Trails, Norwood-Burro Creek Trail, Nucla

Hunting & Fishing

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LOCAL FAVORITES

Miramonte Reservoir, Buckeye Reservoir, San Miguel River

From dispersed to organized to RV parks with facilities, there are options for all types of campers.

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CAMPGROUNDS

  • High Country RV Park, Naturita
  • Black Shadow Campground/Naturita

With little to no light pollution, stargazing is dazzling to say the least.

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  • Norwood’s Dark Sky Certification: Info

SUP, rafting and boating: With the confluence of the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers, and two reservoirs, there are ample opportunities to get on the water.

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BUSINESSES

LOCAL FAVORITES

Miramonte Reservoir, Buckeye Reservoir, San Miguel River, Dolores River

Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice fishing. Plenty of activities to keep you busy all winter long.

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BUSINESSES
West End Sledders
High Country Motorsports

Historic and beautiful drives through Western Colorado’s most scenic byways accessing to historic landmarks, public lands and archeological sites.

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Unaweep-Tabequache Scenic and Historic Byway

Delores River Canyon

Indian Henry

Long Park Mine

Petroglyph Tour

Historic Highway 141 Tour

Uravan Townsite

Wild Horses of Disappointment Valley

LOCAL FAVORITES

Hanging Flume, Paradox Valley, Nucla Loop, Disappointment Valley, Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic & Historic Byway

Getting Here

Located on the western slope of Colorado, The West End is off the beaten path and you will like it that way. Just five-plus hours from Denver or Salt Lake City, it makes for a great long weekend trip. On the eastern edge, Norwood is less than 50 miles from Montrose and on the western side, Gateway is just 50 miles southwest of Grand Junction.

Explore the West End!