Norwood gets over 300 days of sunshine a year and unobstructed views of the snow-covered mountains without the hassles of extreme snow and ice buildup making it a great year-round destination.
Norwood’s mesa and surrounding national forests host a wide variety of wildlife. Deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, pheasant, grouse and duck make it one of the most popular hunting areas in Colorado. Big Game Season Dates for San Miguel County.
San Miguel County includes Unit 61 (limited license area; applications due first week of April), Unit 70 and Unit 711 (season license available from local vendors). For a complete schedule of seasons and game units please visit the Colorado Department of Wildlife directly or call (970) 252-6000.
Outfitters and guides are available to assist you in safe and successful hunts. Visit our Hunters & Fishermen page to assist you on your hunt.
Fishing is abundant in Norwood with the presence of the Miramonte Reservoir, numerous national and state parks, and the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers. Our clear mountain streams provide a pleasant challenge for trout fishermen while Miramonte Reservoir offers some of the best year round lake fishing on the western slope. Keep a line out for the infamous craw-trout — only one has ever been caught! Scroll to the bottom of the page for detailed information to assist you on your hunt. In San Miguel County, there is a wide variety of fishing experiences.
The season is year-round, and Cutthroat (Native), Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout are abundant in the reservoirs and rivers on and around Wright’s Mesa. Fishing Seasons are from January 1 to December 31 each year, including the taking of crayfish (crawdads). A fishing license is required to take crayfish, and manner of take can be by hand, baited lines, traps, pots, nets or seines for food or bait.
In waters closed to taking bait fish, seining for crayfish is prohibited. For daily bag limits visit Colorado Department of Wildlife. Outfitters and guides are available to assist you in safe and successful hunts. Visit our Hunters & Fishermen page to assist you on your hunt.
The San Miguel Fair and Rodeo has remained an integral part of the community since its founding. With a new indoor arena and event center, Norwood’s equestrian functions are coming into the lime light. Dressage Riding Clinics are active all year round in the Norwood Indoor Arena. There are several local riding establishments that offer Western and English lessons and day long trail rides.
Biking, Hiking and Lake Fun
There are scenic road rides for bicyclists looking for three season riding. Mountain biking in the nearby national forest and easy access to the vast and beautiful Uncompaghre Plateau offer trails for all levels. The surrounding national forests provide great trails of all levels for hikers and trail runners. Plan a fun day trip with a climb up Lone Cone Peak and make all of your off-roading and on-roading adventures come true. Mushroom season also brings plenty of the gastronomically-inclined to hunt and gather fresh organic wild mushrooms such as chantrelle, porcini and oyster. Afternoon thermals on Miramonte Reservoir create great rides for windsurfers. The reservoir also offers swimming, water-skiing, boating, and fishing. Spring run-off on the San Miguel River and the Dolores River inspires high adventure for rafting, kayaking and canoeing through nearby desert canyon country.
Canyoning, Rock & Ice Climbing
Norwood’s mesa and surrounding forests offer an immense variety of terrain in a centralized area. San Miguel and Ouray counties are known around the world for their magnificent canyoning, rock climbing, bouldering, and ice climbing routes. They are host to the annual Canyoning Festival, Ice Climbing Festival, as well as the home of the 2014 International Canyoning Festival. These are sites that only the adventurous get to see.
Not only does Norwood offer a much more affordable alternative to Telluride, the Galloping Goose offers a convenient, daily commuting option. Already world-renowned for its excellent ski resort, Telluride boasts an equally well-respected summer festival season. The Telluride Mountain film Festival kicks off the season at the end of May and from there each weekend is host to a different event where celebrity sightings are nearly guaranteed. There is something here for everyone in the summer, the most popular festivals being the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Jazz Celebration, The Wine Festival, The Balloon Festival, The Mushroom Festival, The Yoga Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and The Telluride Film Festival. For more information, visit the Telluride Festival Guide.
Lone Cone State Park
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Located at the base of Lone Cone Peak, Miramonte Natural Area is a truly magical place for everyone. Well-known for its excellent stock of rainbow trout, fishermen flock to Miramonte Reservoir year-round while boaters, water-skiiers, and windsurfers are also welcome. The area provides numerous sites for campers, a handicapped accessible fishing pier, two boat ramps and is stocked with 90,000 fish annually. For more information, visit the State Park site.
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located around Norwood. These three combined Forests cover 3,161,900 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies. The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak. Opportunities abound for camping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, OHV riding, motorcycle touring, horseback riding, rock and ice climbing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and sightseeing. This is a well-known and highly desirable hunting area. For more information, visit the USDA site.
San Juan National Forest
The San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres bordering Norwood. Terrain ranges from high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, with thousands of miles of back roads and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Opportunities abound for camping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, OHV riding, motorcycle touring, horseback riding, rock and ice climbing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and sightseeing. This is a well-known and highly desirable hunting area. For more information, visit the USDA site.
Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway
A fabulous journey through history, geology, culture and nature awaits you on the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway. Consisting of Highways 141 and 145, the vast scenery along this byway will keep you inspired along your journey. Visit the historic Driggs Mansion or the Hanging Flume and step back into history to a much simpler time. Click here for more information.