Colorado's Western Edge
Welcome To Nucla-Naturita Area Chamber Of Commerce!
Photo courtesy of Matt Nuñez Photography
~ The NNACC Mission ~
~ Our Communities ~
Nucla is located at 5823 feet above sea level at the base of the Uncompahgre Plateau and the San Miguel Basin. The town was named “Nucla” because many of the colonists believed it would become the nucleus of the area.
Naturita is located at 5431 feet above sea level on the San Miguel River 5 miles south of Nucla. Naturita, which means “Little Nature” in Spanish, was primarily a stopping-off place for freight wagons transporting copper ore.
Paradox is located 5,000ft at the Dolores River to nearly 6,000ft at the southeast end of Paradox Valley, which is named after the paradoxical course of the Dolores River. Steep sandstone and shale walls bound the valley to the northeast and southwest.
The town of Redvale, established in 1912, sitting atop Wright’s Mesa at 6,483 feet above sea level, was a frequent stopping place for travelers, ranchers, and freight wagons hauling copper and uranium ore from Paradox Valley to railhead in Placeville.
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