Scenic and Historic Byways

There's nothing like setting out on the open road and seeing where Colorado can take you. No state in the nation boasts more nationally designated scenic byways than Colorado. But while you may think this has to do solely with the immaculate scenery of Colorado, think again. These byways trace timeless routes of historic and cultural significance, and their status as America's Byways® is a testament to the inter-linked communities that have worked so hard to preserve their heritage. In addition to the 10 nationally designated byways, Colorado also boasts 15 Scenic and Historic Byways recognized by the state for their historic, cultural and scenic value. All told, the byways make Colorado the ultimate road trip destination in America. In Colorado, all roads really do lead to adventure.

  • Alpine Loop (Southwest)
  • Cache la Poudre – North Park (Front Range/Northwest)
  • Collegiate Peaks (South Central)
  • Colorado River Headwaters (Northwest)
  • Dinosaur Diamond (Northwest)
  • Flat Tops Trail (Northwest)
  • Frontier Pathways (Southeast/South Central)
  • Gold Belt Tour (South Central)
  • Grand Mesa (Northwest/Southwest)
  • Guanella Pass (Front Range)
  • Highway of Legends (Southeast)
  • Lariat Loop (Denver/Front Range)
  • Los Caminos Antiguos (South Central)
  • Mount Evans (Front Range)
  • Pawnee Pioneer Trails (Northeast)
  • Peak to Peak (Front Range)
  • San Juan Skyway (Southwest)
  • Santa Fe Trail (Southeast)
  • Silver Thread (South Central/Southwest)
  • South Platte River Trail (Northeast)
  • Top of the Rockies (South Central)
  • Trail of the Ancients (Southwest)
  • Trail Ridge Road (Front Range/Northwest)
  • Unaweep-Tabeguache (Southwest)
  • West Elk Loop (Southwest/Northwest)
Colorado Features
  • Dine

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  • Train

    In addition to Colorado's historic narrow-gauge railways, the state receives significant train travel as well. Rail lines that once travelled across the state transporting gold and silver are now used to transport freight and passengers. Amtrak's... READ MORE >
  • Recreation and Activities

    Get out and play. Whether you are looking for an extreme adventure or just one that's extremely fun, you'll find it in Colorado. Hike one of the state's 54 "fourteeners" — mountains that reach an altitude of more than 14,000 ft (4,200 m). Go... READ MORE >
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