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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 …

Highway of Legends
Highway of Legends
Canyons & Plains
Mystic San Luis Valley

If time is on your side and you’re driving south on I-25 to New Mexico, skip the interstate stretch from Walsenburg to Trinidad and take the road less traveled. Touring this area in fall is rewarded …

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 …

Santa Fe Trail
Canyons & Plains

This reliable route was traversed by a bevy of fortune-seeking individuals, including "Wild" Bill Hickok, frontiersman Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith and explorer Zebulon Pike. Today, you can explore the …

Pawnee Pioneer Trails

What they saw were buffalo, antelope, deer and even bears, roaming the grasslands for as far as the eye could see. Begin your road trip in the town of Ault , just north of Greeley , and head east …