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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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Trail of the Ancients
Trail of the Ancients
Mountains & Mesas

Colorado's Trail of the Ancients byway travels between two remote national monuments and Mesa Verde National Park. As you drive, you'll pass through wind- and water-carved sandstone canyons, sagebrush …

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 …

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 …

Highway of Legends
Highway of Legends
Canyons & Plains
Mystic San Luis Valley

Colorado's Highway of Legends byway is the perfect route for those exploring southern Colorado. Traverse a route that's rich with majestic Rocky Mountain vistas and steeped in history. If time is on …

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 …