To be seen and not disturbed, tips for viewing wildlife on the UTB.

UTB wildlife includes golden and bald eagles, peregrine falcons, black bears, mountain lions, desert bighorn sheep, bobcats, coyote, elk, deer, fox, rabbits and many more reptiles and mammals. The areas on the rivers and streams (riparian habitat) provide homes for a variety of species including great blue herons and river otters. The streams and rivers themselves are home to rainbow and brown trout and countless aquatic insects.  Best viewing takes place early in the morning and in the evening.

To ensure the safety of all creatures wild, domestic, and human – please:

  • Drive with caution at all times and especially during low light & visibility hours.
  • Use binoculars, spotting scopes or telephoto lenses to view wildlife from a distance.
  • If an animal’s behavior changes by your presence, you are too close and should back away slowly.
  • No matter how tame an animal seems, do not attempt to feed, pet or catch any wildlife.
  • For the protection of your pet and all wildlife, pets should be on leashes or kept in your vehicle.

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Heritage & Culture

Geology & Paleantology

Attractions & Activities


UT Byway Committee: 

Acknowledgments & Partners

Rimrocker Historical Society
Bureau of Land Management
West End Colorado
West End Trails Alliance
Nucla-Naturita Area Chamber of Commerce
Norwood Chamber of Commerce

Chamber & tourist center addresses & contact

West End Visitors Center & UT Byway Interpretive Center 
230 W. Main Street, Naturita, Colorado: 970.865.2350

USFS Visitors Center, 1150 Forest St, Norwood: 970.327.4261

Lone Cone Library, 1455 S Pinion St, Norwood: 970.327.4833

Ball Park Campground, Uravan: Info Kiosk