Flickr album link: Pines Rd To Dan Noble State Wildlife Area
There are a few ways to get to the Dan Noble Colorado State Wildlife Area and each travel route definitely is a worthwhile scenic drive. The dirt roads are smooth enough for a comfortable ride, but a high ground clearance vehicle is recommended and a 4x4 will present many side trail options. The Dan Noble State Wildlife Area is nestled in a valley located in the wester slopes of the San Juan Mountains that is about 30 miles away from from a paved road and a bit further to the closest town. Travel route starting points can be found near Dolores, Placerville and Norwood. A travel route can also be plotted from Highway 141 south of Naturita and Pines Road is a good choice when coming from this western access point.
The scenery will be picturesque anyway one chooses and the wildlife area at the end of the line simply is an amazingly beautiful setting to lay eyes upon. The Dan Noble State Wildlife Area certainly is an ideal spot to spend some quality time and this definitely is a family friendly destination. Camping is allowed and there are both primitive and developed campground options. There is a large lakeside day use picnic area with a boat launch nearby. Sport fishing is the name of the game at the Miramonte Reservoir Lake, so be sure to pack some fishing gear. There are also several shallows that attract migration season waterfowl and packing a powerful lens will be necessary too. The Dan Noble State Wildlife Area is far enough away from the mainstream tourism areas to attract very little attention, so plenty of peace and quiet can be found in this unique place. This picturesque family oriented weekend destination is well worth chalking up high on the list!
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