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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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Los Caminos Antiguos
Mystic San Luis Valley

Los Caminos Antiguos byway explores the wide and flat expanse of the valley floor that served as a gateway into Colorado for Spanish explorers arriving from the south. As a result, the state’s oldest …

Lariat Loop
Denver & Cities of the Rockies

On the Lariat Loop byway just west of Denver you'll find evergreens covering the foothills of the Rockies, curious crimson geology and even dinosaur tracks in an uplifted hogback rock formation …

Grand Mesa Scenic Byway
Grand Mesa
Mountains & Mesas

Your first stop on the byway is Cedaredge, where the Grand Mesa’s southern slopes meet the Uncompahgre and Gunnison River valleys. In addition to glimpses of orchards and stately groves of white ash …

Peak to Peak
Denver & Cities of the Rockies

On one end, Central City and Black Hawk are a pair of former mining towns situated in the middle of what was once called “the richest square mile on earth,” thanks to the gold that was first …

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 …