Uncompahgre Field Office



Tabeguache Area



Tabeguache Area 

Tabeguache Creek







The Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993 designated land surrounding Tabeguache Creek as one of a number of special "areas" in Colorado.  Under the terms of the Act, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service are directed by Congress to manage the Tabeguache Area to protect its wilderness values.  The Tabeguache Area (17,240 acres) is located on the south slopes of the Uncompahgre Plateau about four miles north of Nucla, Colorado.

The central feature of the Tabeguache Area is the 400-800 foot deep canyon carved by Tabeguache Creek.  Elevations range from 5,600 feet to 8,800 feet, with piñon-juniper woodland the predominant vegetation at lower elevations and ponderosa pine and oakbrush predominant at higher elevations.  Cottonwoods, willows, scattered ponderosa pine, and various shrubs form a riparian zone along Tabeguache Creek.  Non-motorized and non-mechanized recreational opportunities within the area include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, and wildlife viewing.


·         400-800 ft. deep canyon carved by Tabeguache Creek

·         Piñon-juniper woodland at lower elevations

·         Ponderosa pine and oak brush at higher elevations 

·         Cottonwoods, willows, scattered ponderosa pine, and various shrubs form a riparian zone along Tabeguache Creek.


Recreational Opportunities

Non-motorized and non-mechanized recreational opportunities include:

·         Hiking

·         Backpacking

·         Horseback riding

·         Fishing

·         Wildlife viewing


Access Points

North of Nucla (near highways 141 and 90):

·         W32 Road - Travel north on 25 Mesa Rd (Highway 25), then turn left onto W32 Road.

·         V24 Road - Travel north on Main Street (which turns into Bb Road), then turn right onto 2700 Road, left onto Aa Road, right onto 2600 Road, left onto Z26 Road, and finally a right onto V24 Road.


Tabeguache Area Map

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·    Non-motorized and non-mechanized activities only--no mountain bikes, chainsaws, dirt bikes, ATVs, or other motorized equipment allowed.

·    Plan ahead and prepare.

·    Take out what you bring in.

·    Leave rocks, plants, fossils, and other natural objects as you find them.

·    Do not feed or disturb wildlife--observe from a distance.

·    Control pets at all times.

Dispersed Camping:

·    Camp only on durable surfaces.

·    Camping is limited to 14 days at any one location in any 30-day period.

·    After 14 days, campers must move to a new location at least 30 air miles away from old location.

·    Keep fires small--use only sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.

·    Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.



Teresa Pfifer, Acting Field Manager


Phone: (970) 240-5300  |  TDD: (970) 240-5366  |  FAX: (970) 240-5367

2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO  81401

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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BLM Uncompahgre Field Office administrative headquarters


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