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San Miguel River Corridor
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28-mile river corridor northwest of Placerville, Colorado.
The San Miguel River corridor is a fragile riparian ecosystem that contains rare plants and supports numerousspecies of birds and other wildlife. This special management area is jointly managed by BLM and The Nature Conservancy. Rafting is one way to explore the river, but a scenic drive along the corridor also provides beautiful views and several access points for fishing and picnicking.
From Placerville, take State Highway 145 (part of the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway) for about 33 miles to Naturita. The northern part of this area is accessible via the river, or from the State Highway 90 turn-off, 3 miles east of Naturita.
Visitor Activities
Fishing, rafting, picnicking, and scenic drives.
Special Features
The San Miguel River extends 72 miles from high alpine meadows and waterfalls above Telluride to a deep red sandstone canyon where it joins the Dolores River. The riparian forest lining much of the river includes narrowleaf cottonwoods, thinleaf alders, and Colorado blue spruces. Fish in the river include rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, and brook trout.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
No fees or permits. For fishing license requirements, check with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, (970) 252-6000.
Camping and Lodging
Camping and lodging are available in Naturita and in Telluride, located on the San Juan Skyway, 16 miles south of the junction of State Highways 62 and 145 in Placerville. Camping along the river corridor on State Highway 145 is limited to designated areas, with a 7-day limit.
Food and Supplies
Food and supplies are available in Telluride, Placerville, and Naturita.
First Aid
There is no first aid available on-site. The nearest hospital is 50 miles northeast of Placerville on U.S. Highway 550 in Montrose. There are medical clinics in Telluride and Ridgway (22 miles northeast of Placerville on State Highway 62).
Additional Information
The river has been preserved by BLM and The Nature Conservancy as a BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern. It is jointly managed along a 28-mile corridor.
Contact Information
BLM - Uncompahgre Field Office
2465 South Townsend
Montrose, CO 81401
Tel: (970) 240-5300

San Miguel River Corridor Map

San Miguel River

Morning mist rises from the sparkling waters of the San Miguel River, an important riparian area for wildlife and an enticing destination for travelers. (Rick Athearn, BLM Colorado State Office (retired))

Last updated: 10-23-2009