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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 …

Unaweep Tabeguache
Mountains & Mesas

Off the beaten path, Colorado's Unaweep Tabeguache byway weaves its way through some of the wildest lands in America. The Dolores River Canyon is an obvious highlight, with its smooth sandstone walls …

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 …

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 …

the royal bridge over valley
Gold Belt Tour
Pikes Peak Wonders

Settlers of the area that now encompasses Colorado's Gold Belt Tour byway had written “Pikes Peak or Bust” on the side of their wagons — a sign of their optimism for gold and the desperation they felt …