Nestled atop Wright’s Mesa at 7000 feet, Norwood has spectacular vistas of high alpine and wild desert country. Far horizons are ringed by the La Sal Mountains in the west, the Uncompahgre Plateau to the north, the San Juan and San Miguel Mountains in the east and, to the south is Norwood’s own jewel, Lone Cone Peak. Rugged desert canyons etch the landscape between. Norwood’s abundance of outdoor opportunities, mild climate, and relaxed atmosphere make it one of the Four Corners’ and Colorado’s best-kept secrets.
Throughout years of change and growth, Norwood has retained its “old west small town charm”. Travelers can pause for a look through our shops where local artisans sell their wares, dine on fine food, lodge for the night and enjoy our small town hospitality.
Norwood is only 30 miles west of Telluride, below which the San Miguel River flows mightily down through Norwood Canyon. Follow Colorado 145 west along the Unaweep-Tabaguache Scenic Byway. You’ll enjoy the scenic forty-minute drive down the red rock rimmed San Miguel River Canyon to Norwood. As you top out on Norwood Hill, you will gasp at the majestic 12,700 foot Lone Cone Mountain as it stands as silent sentinel over Wright’s Mesa. As the sun sets beautifully behind the Blue and La Sal Mountains to the west in Utah, you will fell as if you are in a wide valley surrounded by mountains. Just a couple more miles to the ranching community of Norwood, where western hospitality awaits you.
Equestrian and agricultural heritages are deeply interwoven in the lives of Norwood’s residents. Cattle drives are common and summer hosts the largest monetary rodeo on the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association circuit. Horseback riding enthusiasts ride year-round in Norwood’s mild climate amid spring’s sweet fruit blossoms, summer’s abundant wildlife, autumn’s delightful harvest and winter’s golden and bald eagles. Numerous opportunities for hunting, fly-fishing, ice fishing, and mushroom foraging abound for outdoor lovers.
Action lovers find year-round fun surfing the mesa with ATVs in summer and snowmobiles in winter. Norwood’s history takes center stage in September, with the Pioneer Days celebration, honoring long-term local residents with a parade, traditional feast and old-time children’s games. The San Miguel River, the Uncompahgre Plateau, Lone Cone Mountain, Miramonte Reservoir, and acres of public land amongst other things just minutes away, Norwood is the perfect place to savor the outdoors.
One of America’s most infamous historical figures found his start in Norwood – Butch Cassidy. We invite you to learn about Norwood’s wild west history at the Wright’s Mesa Historical Society page.
Population of Norwood: 519 (as of 2011)
Elevation: 7,015 ft. (2,135 meters)
Most Famous Peak: Lone Cone, 12,700 ft. (3,871 meters)
Industry: Tourism, Ranching, Construction
Average Sale Price: $192,470 (as of 2004)
Location: 35 mi. west of Telluride and 119 mi. south of Grand Junction on Hwy 145
County: San Miguel
Nearest Airports: Telluride, Montrose, Cortez, Grand Junction