The History of No Name, Colorado

The History of No Name, Colorado
The History of No Name, Colorado
No Name, Colorado, is located in the northwest part of the state along Interstate 70. The town is situated in Garfield County with an elevation of 5,905 feet. No Name is an unincorporated community. The residents live in the Mountain Standard time zone. No Name is located directly to the east of the city of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The area surrounding No Name was settled during the 18th century when Colorado became the 38th state to join the union. There's also a No Name Creek and No Name Canyon. Nearby, you will find the No Name Tunnel of I-70. The Colorado Department of Transportation says an employee noticed the area did not have a name shortly after the interstate was finished. The employee decided to put "No Name" on the sign for exit 119.


Locals started adapting to the rather unusual name, but high-level state officials wanted to change it. The officials tried to give the area a proper name. According to historians, locals did not agree with the change and the title of No Name was permanently adopted.


Visitors can access the town of No Name via I-70. After driving through two tunnels in Glenwood Canyon, you will arrive at No Name. The tunnels are appropriately known as the No Name Tunnels. The town includes a few homes and businesses.


Rock climbers frequent the granite canyon known as No Name Canyon, located near Glenwood Canyon. Spring through fall is typically the best time to climb, although some enthusiasts choose to do so year-round. Nature lovers also enjoy the No Name Creek. The long stream includes a hiking area within the Weminuche Wilderness Area. The No Name Creek flows into the Colorado River.


Just four miles from the town of No Name is a hydroelectric plant. The Shoshone Power Plant is on the north bank of the Colorado River. The dam is located two miles upstream and at times creates a lake on the Colorado River. Water from the lake is diverted through a canyon tunnel to the power plant. It then circulates through the power plant to generate power.

Blue Gaia contributes green living, environmental, conservation, and alternative healing Internet content. She is published in "High Country News," "Gnosis" journal, and was a newspaper columnist. She writes about the effects of loss of habitat, endangered species issues and global climate change. She has an M.A. in systematic theology, with a concentration in South Asian religions from St. Mary’s University.
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