Collegiate Peaks

Length: 57 miles
Driving Time: 90 Minutes
Open: All Year

Collegiate Peaks Itinerary

Known as “The Avenue of Fourteeners” — along its entire length, the Collegiate Peaks continuously rise above the 14,000-foot marker and include such summits as Mt. Princeton, Mt. Yale, and Mt. Harvard. Take a detour up Cottonwood Pass Road in fall for an explosion of autumn color. 

No matter where you begin your tour of the Collegiate Peaks Byway, you will be ushered into one of Colorado’s most spectacular, historically rich, and recreationally diverse areas. This paved 57-mile route parallels the Continental Divide at the foot of the Sawatch Range — the highest concentration of 14,000+ foot pea

ks in the country. The greater part follows the Arkansas River, the most commercially rafted river in the nation, a world-class kayaking destination, and one of the state’s premier trout fishing resources

Main Towns: Salida, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs

Features include:

  • Wildlife: Bald eagle, peregrine falcon, osprey, red-tailed hawks, wild turkey, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, beaverDensest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks from Alaska to Panama.
  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
  • San Isabel National Forest 
  • Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
  • Historic downtown districts