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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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Silver Thread Scenic Byway
Silver Thread
Mountains & Mesas
Mystic San Luis Valley

Start your journey in South Fork, where the road cuts through mountains, and in summer, everything is cast in a bright glow. Your drive wouldn’t be complete without a stop at South Fork Malt Shoppe …

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 …

Pony Express Monument in Julesburg
South Platte River Trail
Pioneering Plains

Take a sunrise or sunset ride on the shortest of Colorado’s byways, the South Platte River Trail. The crisp light shows the vibrancy of the prairie and the South Platte River, with the river corridor …

Alpine Loop
Mountains & Mesas

The Alpine Loop travels through a surreal landscape of treeless tundra, wildflower meadows and the San Juan Mountains — passing over mining roads established in the late 1800s near Silverton, Ouray …

Frontier Pathways
Pikes Peak Wonders

Begin in Pueblo, where the high plains greet you, while sporadically situated buttes intermingle with vast flatlands around them. Union Avenue Historic District beckons with 83 buildings listed in the …