Take a peek at the 26 routes that crisscross Colorado's varied landscapes — and then pick a few to explore in person below. Find A Byway Explore by: Region Canyons & Plains Denver & Cities of the Rockies Mountains & Mesas Mystic San Luis Valley Pikes Peak Wonders Pioneering Plains Rockies Playground The Great West Interest Arts, Culture & Entertainment Charming Main Streets & Small Towns Dining & Culinary Appeal History & Heritage Sites Landmarks & Attractions Outdoor Recreation & Parks Season Fall Spring Summer Winter Year-Round Santa Fe Trail Canyons & Plains The Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and Santa Fe, in what was Mexico, ran through the southeast corner of Colorado. Peak to Peak Denver & Cities of the Rockies As Colorado’s Peak to Peak byway skirts the lower ridges of the Front Range and Rocky Mountain National Park, make sure to pull off and take in views of the craggy. Tracks Across Borders Mountains & Mesas Tracks Across Borders, Colorado’s newest scenic byway, offers access to dramatic mountain scenery and layers of history. Dinosaur Diamond Mountains & Mesas The Great West Northwestern Colorado’s Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic byway takes drivers through landscapes that once shook under the footfalls of titans. San Juan Skyway Mountains & Mesas This byway is often considered an essential journey for road trippers, traveling through popular mountain towns like Durango, Silverton, Telluride and Ouray. Pawnee Pioneer Trails Denver & Cities of the Rockies Pioneering Plains Northeast Colorado’s Pawnee Pioneer Trails scenic and historic byway leads you through a fascinating prairie expanse. Lariat Loop Denver & Cities of the Rockies On the Lariat Loop scenic byway you’ll find evergreens covering the foothills of the Rockies, the curious crimson formations at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, and even dinosaur tracks. Trail Ridge Road Denver & Cities of the Rockies The Great West Trail Ridge Road is one of the best ways to see the Continental Divide as it cuts through Colorado. Trail of the Ancients Mountains & Mesas This scenic byway near Cortez and Dolores takes you through the heart of the landscape and unique history of the American Southwest. Highway of Legends Canyons & Plains Mystic San Luis Valley Colorado’s Highway of Legends scenic and historic byway is the perfect detour for those exploring southern Colorado. Colorado River Headwaters The Great West The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic byway traces one of North America’s mightiest rivers to the source. Alpine Loop Mountains & Mesas The 65-mile scenic drive travels through a surreal landscape of treeless tundra and mountains seemingly splashed with red and yellow paint near Ouray, Top of the Rockies Pikes Peak Wonders Rockies Playground Scenery reaches new heights on the Top of the Rockies scenic byway — Mount Elbert and Mount Massive are the tallest and second tallest peaks in the state. Flat Tops Trail The Great West For 82 scenic miles, this byway winds its way through lush river valleys, skirts the bountiful Flat Tops Wilderness and climbs over two of Colorado’s least-traveled passes. Guanella Pass Rockies Playground Climbing to timberline, the byway takes in views of 14,060-foot Mount Bierstadt and the alpine tundra before descending into cool groves of aspen and pine, as well as the historic town of Georgetown. West Elk Loop Mountains & Mesas Rockies Playground Shaped like a lasso that’s been dropped on Colorado’s pristine West Elk Mountains, this byway unites three very different mining communities. Collegiate Peaks Pikes Peak Wonders Along its entire length, the Collegiate Peaks continuously rise above the 14,000-foot mark and include such summits as Mount Princeton, Mount Yale and Mount Harvard. Cache la Poudre - North Park Denver & Cities of the Rockies The Great West The Cache la Poudre’s famous name translates from French as “the powder’s hiding place,” and controversy swirls among historians on how it received this name. Los Caminos Antiguos Mystic San Luis Valley The San Luis Valley is one of Colorado’s most impressive landscapes, with massive sand dunes, nine 14,000-foot peaks ringing its edge and the historic Rio Grande pulsing through its heart. Gold Belt Tour Pikes Peak Wonders Settlers of this area that now encompasses Colorado’s Gold Belt Tour scenic byway had written “Pikes Peak or Bust” on the side of their wagons. South Platte River Trail Pioneering Plains The South Platte River Trail is long on history. Mount Evans Denver & Cities of the Rockies Rockies Playground The views up to Mount Evans are breathtaking, with alpine lakes, massive granite walls and stands of twisted, ancient bristlecone pine. Grand Mesa Mountains & Mesas Colorado’s Grand Mesa scenic byway leads through old-growth forests, aspens, meadows and so many lakes you’ll lose track. That’s Grand Mesa in a nutshell. Silver Thread Mountains & Mesas Mystic San Luis Valley Colorado’s Silver Thread scenic byway weaves through one remarkable story after another — some historical, others more nature-based. Frontier Pathways Pikes Peak Wonders The area covered by Colorado’s Frontier Pathways scenic byway is heavily steeped in Colorado history. The land near Pueblo holds great importance to past inhabitants. Unaweep Tabeguache Mountains & Mesas Off the beaten path by a long shot, Colorado’s Unaweep Tabeguache scenic byway weaves its way through some of the wildest BLM lands in America.