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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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …