94.1 Miles (151.44 km)
- Distance: 94.1 Miles (151.44 km)
- Rating: 2-B, Mostly pleasantly sweeping corners with the occasional technical section. Ratings Explained »
- Travel: Either direction for best results
- Start: Whitewater, Colorado
- End: Naturita, Colorado
- Fuel: Best to fill up before heading out.
One of those roads that gets overlooked, Unaweep Canyon is a great side-route with plenty of cornering opportunities to keep most any rider happily moving along. Consisting almost exclusively of gently sweeping corners and outstanding views of steep canyon walls and towering mesa's make this road perfect for the scenically interested rider.Things start off right away as soon as you pull out of Whitewater, Colorado and you'll find yourself dancing though constant radius corners as you head west towards Utah. Pinion Mesa to the north is an impressive sight and towers majestically overlooking your progress. The closer you get to the town of Gateway, Colorado the more you'll think you took a wrong turn because the terrain is distinctly Moab.After leaving Gateway, the road gets even better as you follow the Dolores River and the towering rock walls close in from both sides. The road really starts to sweep, throwing endlessly long corners at you as soon as you cross Blue Creek and put Blue Creek Canyon into your mirrors. This section is the heart of the road. Unaweep Canyon eventually makes a distinct turn back towards the east to meet up with a smattering of buildings called Uravan, Colorado. From this point, the road mellows dramatically and becomes an empty highway leading south-east towards Naturita.