Trail of The Ancients
Trail of the AncientsLength: 116 miles. Driving time: 3 hours.
This byway wanders remote parts of Utah, Arizona, and Colorado, connecting some of the nation’s richest archaeological sites. In Colorado, it follows U.S. Highway 491 from Pleasant View to Cortez, where it joins U.S. 160 heading south past the Ute Mountain Reservation and west to Four Corners Monument. Back country spurs access sites off the main highway. … Read More

 

Unaweep/Tabeguache
Unaweep Scenic BywayLength: 133 miles. Driving time: 3 hours.
A fabulous journey through history, geology, culture and nature awaits you on the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.  Consisting of Highways 141 and 145, the vast scenery along this byway will keep you inspired along your journey.  Visit the historic Driggs Mansion or the Hanging Flume and step back into history to a much simpler time. … Read More

 

San Juan Skyway
San Juan SkywayLength: 236 miles. Driving time: 6 hours.
Travel the “road to the sky” which offers views of the towering 14,000-foot San Juan Mountains to rolling hillsides speckled with ancient Indian pueblo ruins. Victorian towns offer both excitement and relaxation. Soak in hot springs, ride the narrow-gauge railroad, and sleep under the stars or in a cozy lodge. … Read More

 

Alpine Loop
Alpine LoopLength: 63 miles. Driving time: 4-6 hour.
The 65-mile Alpine Loop travels through a surreal landscape of treeless tundra, and mountains seemingly splashed with red and yellow paint. The well-prepared motorist reaps unparalleled rewards: pristine mountain views, hiking and biking trails, great camping opportunities, and ample solitude. These rocky roads were first used by 19th-century miners, who carted their ore off to Silverton, Ouray, and Lake City in mule-drawn wagons. Spend an afternoon exploring abandoned townsites, structures, and other former mining haunts – if you want to commune with ghosts of Colorado’s rich past. … Read More

 

West Elk Loop
West Elk LoopLength: 205 miles. Driving time: 6-8 hours.
The twin summits of Mount Sopris and the incomparable Black Canyon of the Gunnison anchor the ends of the West Elk Loop. This magnificent landscape has been home to uncounted generations of Native Americans, most recently the Utes. White settlers originally came in search of minerals and stayed to farm and ranch. The coke ovens at Redstone bear witness to the toil that built the communities of today. … Read More