Western Colorado Scenic Drives

The cities and town of Western Colorado are connected by a network of Colorado Scenic Drives, so beauitful and extraordinary, that they have been officially designated National Scenic and Historic Byways.

ational Scenic and Historic Byways are an exceptional traveling experience, a destination unto themselves. They a distinctive collection of the best highway in America base on their cultural, archaeological, historic, recreational, scenic and natural qualities.

West Elk Loop Byway

You can experience the wild beauty of Western Colorado Byways from the window of your car. These Colorado scenic rives are less traveled by and far from the four lanes. The spectacular mountain and desert scenery will ignite your imagination. So load up the cooler, grab you coat and hat, and hit the road.

An Avalanche Shed On The Million Dollar Highway

I have driven colorado scenic drives for many years, before they were officially designated as byways and I have never failed to find sometime new. I have never tired off them. You won’t either.

I will do a quick review of the Byways on this page. Later I will do an in-depth review of each.

Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway

This is no ordinary backcountry journey. The alpine loop takes the spotlight as the most popular and most beautiful backcountry roads in America. The alpine loop is 65 miles of…

Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway

The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway is a prehistoric highway of exploration of scenic and history. You will soon discover that it is a roaming classroom. The 512 mile Byways covers…

Flat Top Byway

The Flat Top Byway is one of the most a beautiful drives in Western Colorado. Flat Tops Byway stretches from Meeker, Colorado following the White River Valley and then over…

Grand Mesa and The Scenic Byway

The Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in the world, is so unusual that it has many names. The Utes called it “Thunder Mountain”, The whites eye called it…

San Juan Skyway

When you travel San Juan Skyway you will experience one of America’s most beautiful scenic drives. The “The Highway to The Sky,” is the great sampler of everything that the…

Scenic Driving in Uncompahgre National Forest

One of the most popular forms of recreation in the Uncompahgre National Forest is scenic driving. Byways through the Forest provide access to fishing streams and trailheads, not to mention…

Silver Thread Byway

The Silver Thread was a well worn Indian trail for centuries, then a stagecoach toll road. Today it is a historic and recreational adventure, through a variety of interesting landscapes….

West Elk Loop Scenic Drive

This West Elk Loop has a little bit of everything, but it is much gentler that sharp rugged beauty of the San Juan Skyway. You will see views of distance…