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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 …

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 …

West Elk Loop
Mountains & Mesas
Rockies Playground

Shaped like a lasso that’s been dropped on Colorado’s pristine West Elk Mountains, the West Elk Loop scenic and historic byway unites three very different mining communities, gets within arm’s reach …

Tracks Across Borders
Mountains & Mesas

Tracks Across Borders, Colorado’s newest scenic byway, offers access to dramatic mountain scenery and layers of history, from the storied pasts of our earliest American Indian inhabitants to the …