The Hanging Flume Overlook on the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Scenic Byway is a dramatic viewpoint perched on the edge of the Dolores River Canyon. Below the overlook is the most complete section of the Hanging Flume, an engineering marvel built in the late 1880s to transport water for placer gold mining. Over 25 men built the flume over three years, attaching iron brackets to cliff walls and building the wooden flume box. The 12-mile-long flume, as high as 75 feet above the river, was only used for three years since the gold was too fine to be recovered. The dramatic overlook, alongside Highway 141 about 14 miles north of Naturita, peers into the deep canyon as well as into Colorado’s rich mining heritage. The Hanging Flume is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green