This unique corner of Colorado offers something for everyone. Tucked away between Telluride and Moab on Colorado’s Western Slope is an undiscovered treasure trove of outdoor adventure known as the West End. 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 also offers some of the best hiking, mountain biking, 4-wheeling and rock climbing in southern Colorado. Not to mention horseback riding, hunting, fishing and family-friendly activities too.
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!
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.
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