|The San Miguel River downstream from Naturita, Colorado, with muddy spring runoff from the high country.|
The lower San Miguel River in Montrose County's West End is a cold high country stream running through red rock canyons of the high desert. It's a ribbon of green in a rocky and sandy land.
|Growing leaves of Gambel Oak on the San Miguel floodplain.|
Between the town of Naturita ("little nature") and its confluence with the Dolores River, the San Miguel flows through both private and public land. The Nature Conservancy owns part of it, the Tabeguache (pronounced "tabba-shay" by the locals) Preserve, which it keeps open to the public on a day use basis.
|The Nature Conservancy's Tabeguache Preserve on the lower San Miguel River.|
"The San Miguel, a major tributary of the Colorado River, is one of the few remaining naturally functioning rivers in the West and is home to some of the best riparian (streamside) habitat in the upper Colorado basin." So says The Nature Conservancy on its interpretive signage along the river.
|The Nature Conservancy has three preserves in the San Miguel River basin.|
A particular spot I have been becoming familiar with is down a quiet dirt spur through the sagebrush and oak brush to the river.
|Claret-cup cactus beginning to bloom.|
|Blossom of one of the barrel cactus species near the San Miguel River.|
|The inconspicuous flowers of Gambel Oak.|
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