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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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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 with …

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 …

mountain goat and kid climbing on rocks
Mount Evans
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 Evans. But before travelers can savor the cherry on top of this road-trip sundae, they have plenty of sights to …

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 …

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 …