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Description - The Norwood District includes portions of the Uncompahgre Plateau and the San Juan Mountains. The Uncompahgre Plateau rises to 10,000 feet and water draining from the top has cut gorges and canyons along the sides of the plateau. Two of these drainages, the Roubideau and Tabeguache, are managed as wilderness, with no mechanized use. The Tabeguache is located on the Norwood District. The Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway follows the Dolores River Canyon on the west side of the Uncompahgre Plateau. The San Juan Mountain Range has four peaks over 14,000 feet and another 100 peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation. It includes the Uncompahgre, Mount Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas. Portions of the Lizard Head and the Mount Sneffels Wildernesses are located on this district. Telluride Ski Area, on the southeast end of the district, offers world-class skiing and snowboarding.

Recreation - Popular recreation activities on the Norwood Ranger District include hiking, hunting, fishing, developed and dispersed camping, four-wheel driving, sightseeing, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, backpacking, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

Climate - Summer high temperatures can reach into the 70s and low 80s. Evenings are cool, with temperatures that can often dip into the 30s. Afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until at least mid-July. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year.

Winter lows can dip well below zero, though daytime temperatures are normally in the 20s to 30s. Much of the precipitation comes in the winter, when heavy snow can be expected in most forest areas.

Location - The Norwood Ranger District on the Uncompahgre National Forest encompasses a portion of the Uncompahgre Plateau near Norwood and the San Juan Mountains (south of the San Miguel River) and terrain surrounding Telluride. It includes much of the upper San Miguel River drainage.

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Contact Information:
Norwood Ranger District, P.O. Box 388 , Norwood, CO, 81423, Phone: 970-327-4261

Additional Information:
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests - The Gunnison, Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests of west-central and southwestern Colorado are administratively combined. Some of the primary towns surrounded by the forests include Gunnison, Crested Butte, Montrose, Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Grand Junction, Ouray and Telluride.
Lizard Head Wilderness - The main geological features of this area are Lizard Head Peak and three fourteeners, El Diente, Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak. Navajo Lake is virtually the only body of water in the area.
Montrose Area - Montrose lies in the fertile Uncompahgre River Valley. This area was once used by Ute Indians for farming and hunting. Today it serves the many ranchers and recreationists that use the surrounding terrain.
Mt. Sneffels Wilderness - The Mt. Sneffels Wilderness encompasses 16,505 acres of material remaining from ancient volcanoes. It is located 4 miles northeast of Telluride, Colorado.
Telluride Area - The small ski town (population 1,400) of Telluride began as a supply town for area silver mines during the 1870s. It's bloomed into a destination resort with world class recreation opportunities.
Uncompahgre National Forest - The Uncompahgre National Forest lies in western and southwest Colorado, around the towns of Montrose, Ouray, Telluride and Norwood. The Gunnison, Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests are administratively combined.


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