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  • Start in Granite on north end of byway, where this byway meets Top of the Rockies.
  • Travel south on US 24 into the valley lined with the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks of any place in the United States. Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks are known as “fourteeners.”
  • Stop in Buena Vista at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum, the old 1882 courthouse, the restored 1890 Denver/Leadville/Gunnison railroad depot, and the Turner Farm, a working farm and living history museum. The Arkansas River is one of the premier whitewater rafting rivers in America with many of the companies in Buena Vista.
  • Continuing south on US 285, detour to St. Elmo, an 1870’s ghost town and one of Colorado’s best preserved mining towns. Nearby is the Mount Princeton Hot Springs.
  • Back on US 285, continue to Poncha Springs – a natural crossroads of Indian trails, toll roads, and railroads.
  • Take US 50 east to Salida, an 1880s railroad town with a large downtown historic district to explore. Visit the Salida Museum which contains a treasury of Native American artifacts, vintage household furnishings, artwork, historic photographs, and implements associated with local railroading, mining, farming, and ranching activities.
  • End in Salida.