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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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Guanella Pass scenic byway
Guanella Pass
Rockies Playground

Have your camera ready — wildlife is plentiful throughout the area, with bighorn sheep, mountain goats, golden eagles and the occasional beaver making frequent appearances. The area around the byway …

Pony Express Monument in Julesburg
South Platte River Trail
Pioneering Plains

While this byway is the shortest in the state, it packs a wallop for those who enjoy the true grit of Western history. It’s a 19-mile loop that takes you through everything from Colorado’s only Pony …

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

Start in the Roaring Fork Valley, where the hideaway of Carbondale takes in the view of Mount Sopris (12,953 feet) and welcomes visitors with galleries and boutiques — part of the Carbondale Creative …