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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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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 …

Peak to Peak
Denver & Cities of the Rockies

On one end, Central City and Black Hawk are a pair of former mining towns situated in the middle of what was once called “the richest square mile on earth,” thanks to the gold that was first …

Pawnee Pioneer Trails

What they saw were buffalo, antelope, deer and even bears, roaming the grasslands for as far as the eye could see.Begin your road trip in the town of Ault, just north of Greeley, and head east toward …

Santa Fe Trail
Canyons & Plains

The Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and Santa Fe, in what was once Mexico, ran through the southeast corner of Colorado. This reliable route was traversed by a bevy of fortune-seeking individuals …

Dinosaur Diamond
Mountains & Mesas
The Great West

Dinosaurs were prolific in this area and have since left their mark on the land in the form of fossils and footprints. Long after these massive animals disappeared from this part of Colorado, the …