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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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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 …

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 …

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 toward …

Guanella Pass scenic byway
Guanella Pass
Rockies Playground

A former burro trail, the now-paved Guanella Pass byway climbs to timberline, taking in spectacular views of Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans and the alpine tundra before descending into cool groves of …

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 …