West of the Front Range, Colorado is deep in the Rocky Mountains, where roads that travel up and down rugged mountains deliver astounding views from the highest ridges. This is the magnificent scenery that inspired John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” and thrills the millions of visitors who enjoy Colorado’s Scenic Byway every year.
The long-standing Colorado Byways program continues to support and enhance one of the largest collections in America with more national designations than any other state.
The Alpine Loop was built in the 1880s to connect mines and now ghost towns. Cache la Pondre-North Park embraces granite canyons and historic landmarks along the Front Range and a Wild and Scenic River. Collegiate Parks is an old stagecoach road through the largest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks on the continent.
The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway starts where the river begins near Rocky Mountain National Park. Flat Tops Trail runs through wilderness areas preserved in their natural raw state. Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway takes you atop the world’s largest flat-top mountain and Top of the Rockies puts you on the route passing between Colorado’s two tallest mountain peaks.
Trail Ridge Road passes above the tree-line on North America’s highest paved through road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy them all and watch for Part Two featuring Colorado’s historic byways.
Stay tuned for more information on the Colorado Scenic Byways.