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Pair Colorado Wineries & Byways

Combine two favorite activities with a trip along Colorado byways that offer stops at several of the state's wineries for tours and to stock up on local vintages. If you plan to taste the wines, be sure to designate a sober driver.
A view along the Cache la Poudre–North Park Scenic & Historic Byway
A view along the Cache la Poudre–North Park Scenic & Historic Byway

The scenic and historic byways below can be “paired” with some of Colorado’s award-winning wineries. For even more scenic drives, check out our quick guide to Colorado's 26 scenic byways.

Trail of the Ancients

The 114-mile Trail of the Ancients travels between Mesa Verde National Park and two remote national monuments (Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients).
Wine time: West of the town of Cortez, stop into Sutcliffe Vineyards, at the foot of the Sleeping Ute Mountain, which handcrafts its wines.

Grand Mesa Scenic & Historic Byway

The Grand Mesa byway is EV-friendly and traverses the largest flat-top mountain in the world along 63 miles of picturesque canyons, forests and several of the mesa's more than 300 stream-fed lakes.
Wine time: After traveling southeast on this route from I-70, stop in Cedaredge, where the Neal Family purchased a 50-acre farm in 1989 to establish Stoney Mesa Winery.

Dinosaur Diamond Scenic & Historic Byway

Dinosaur Diamond is a meandering, 486-mile byway weaves through the northwest corner of the state, where dinosaurs were abundant, leaving fossils and footprints.
Wine time: About 10 miles east of the byway’s terminus in Grand Junction is the DeBeque Canyon Winery in Palisade, well-known for its oak-aged wines.

Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic & Historic Byway

The Cache la Poudre–North Park byway leads visitors from Fort Collins along the Cache la Poudre River to the quiet, bowl-shaped valley of North Park, located just west of the Continental Divide.

Wine time: Along the byway in the town of LaPorte, check out Ten Bears Winery, which uses a winter-hibernation process (as its name might imply) for a smooth, easy flavor.

Gold Belt Tour Scenic & Historic Byway

The Gold Belt Tour is anchored by the communities of Cripple CreekVictor, Florissant, FlorenceCañon City and several mining ghost towns. A 113-mile circuit, it offers unpaved and paved roadways, as well as a 4-wheel-drive route along Shelf Road.
Wine time: The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City no longer has monks within its quiet walls, but does offer wine tastings and a gift shop with an extensive array of wine-related items.

South Platte River Trail Scenic & Historic Byway

The only 19-mile South Platte River Trail is the location of Colorado’s only Pony Express station, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Lincoln Highway Loop, the first coast-to-coast automobile road in the U.S.
Wine time: South of Julesburg are remains of the Italian Caves, also reported to be an underground palace, which was dug by Uberta Gibello in the 1880s. He proceeded to dig this palace after his marvel of an irrigation system, complete with concrete-lined ditches, did little to help the vineyards survive. Though the wine dried up long ago, the area’s history still can be enjoyed. 

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