We think Colorado has so many spectacular drives that if they marked them all “scenic,” the entire state map would be dotted roads. Perhaps, Colorado’s 131, 133 and 134 are only scenic in the fall.
In Montrose, Alie noticed roads mostly marked scenic that would take us on an loop close to the Utah border and Moab. We went south on U.S. 550, west on Colorado 62, and north on Colorado 145 along the San Miguel River through Norwood where we picked up Colorado 141 and the Delores River outside Naturita which we took past Gateway and back east to U.S. 50 north of Montrose. From Placerville on, the 133 mile-long stretch is called the Unaweep-Tabequache Scenic and Historic Byway.
In Norwood, I stopped to take a picture and talked for a while with the Fire Chief, a retired fireman from Chicago. His assistant had lived in Norwood all his life. He said the drought was the worst he had ever seen.
Further up the road, we came to remains of 13 mile-long wooden flume hanging on the side of the Delores River Canyon. Built in 1891, it carried 13.46 million gallons of water per day to placer mining operations.
We enjoyed the drive so much, we we drove portions again later in our trip when we returned to Colorado from Utah.
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Dates of our visits: 26, 29 September 2018