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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …