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About Naturita

Naturita sits in a narrow canyon on either side of the San Miguel River. Trees and farmland line the river and cedars cover the hills and the mesas above. The streets are narrow and wind around to conform to the shape of the space between the river and the hills. The Utah border is not far to the west.

Naturita was founded in 1881 by ranchers who raised their cattle in these remote and quiet parts of Colorado. In the early 1900s, their lifestyle changed when copper and camolite were discovered in nearby Paradox Valley. Suddenly Naturita became a mining town and supply center for mining in the region. Soon the mining boom ended and the miners left and Naturita returned to ranching. In 1939 a new mining boom started with the opening of a nearby mill that processed vanadium and uranium. This ended with the closing of the last such plant

Naturita has a close neighbor to the north, Nucla, a town built on the plateau above the city. State Highway 141 passes east-west through Naturita. It follows the gorge of the San Miguel River for many miles to the west and north. The San Miguel flows into the Dolores River and the river and highway continue northward from there. This drive is of breath-taking scenic beauty, through a remote, rugged country of cliff-lined gorges, beautiful meadows and tree-lined river banks. To the east it leaves the San Miguel and follows Naturita Creek. State Highway 97 is a short connecting highway between Naturita and Nucla. It is a long drive from Naturita to any city of any size.

The elevation at Naturita is about 5,400, while the mesas above are about 5,800 feet. The population of Naturita was 635 as of the 2000 census.

For More Information:
Read a historic marker about Naturita. See the site of the Nucla Naturita Area Chamber of Commerce, nucla-naturita.com See also Wikipedia's Naturita article.

Street Index

Adams Street
Brinkley Avenue
Crystal Drive
East First Avenue
East Second Avenue
EE28 Road
Elm Street
FF26 Road
Highland Circle
Lake Avenue
Main Street
Maple Street
Million Avenue
Nucla Road
Palmer Avenue
Park Drive
Payson Street
Pinion Street
Pool Avenue
Porter Street
Reed Drive
River Avenue
San Miguel River
Short Street
State Highway 141
Vear Ray Drive
West First Avenue
West Second Avenue
West Third Avenue
Wilson Street

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