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The 26 scenic byways of Colorado connect the dots between historic sites and acres of majestic scenery that span red-rock canyons, the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and sun-kissed prairies.

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West Elk Loop
Mountains & Mesas
Rockies Playground

Start in the Roaring Fork Valley, where the hideaway of Carbondale takes in the view of Mount Sopris (12,953 feet) and welcomes visitors with galleries and boutiques — part of the Carbondale Creative …

Top of the Rockies
Pikes Peak Wonders
Rockies Playground

Start your byway tour in the high-altitude town of Minturn . Wedged between the world-class resort towns of Vail to the east and Beaver Creek to the west, Minturn finds itself in a unique position …

Grand Mesa Scenic Byway
Grand Mesa
Mountains & Mesas

Your first stop on the byway is Cedaredge , where the Grand Mesa ’s southern slopes meet the Uncompahgre and Gunnison River valleys. In addition to glimpses of orchards and stately groves of white ash …

mountain goat and kid climbing on rocks
Mount Blue Sky
Denver & Cities of the Rockies
Rockies Playground

At the height of its 49-mile course, the highway reaches the summit of 14,130-foot Mount Blue Sky . But before travelers can savor the cherry on top of this road-trip sundae, they have plenty of …

San Juan Skyway
Mountains & Mesas

In 2012, Travel + Leisure named the San Juan Skyway one of "America's Best Spring Drives" for its million-dollar views. Drive it in fall for shimmering autumn hues. You’ll start and end your tour in …