"Thirty+ Years of Scenic Vistas & History One Mile at a Time"
Established in 2019, Colorado has 26 Scenic and Historic Byways, totaling 2,565 roadway miles located in 48 counties. Thirteen byways have been awarded the national designation of America's Byways®️. Colorado Byways lead travelers from one place to another. These byways follow existing roads or highways and are signed with a Rocky Mountain columbine (the Colorado state flower) logo denoting the route. These essential routes provide access to eight National Forests and two National Grasslands; eight National Monuments, two National Historic Sites; two National Heritage Areas; two National Wildlife Refuges; two National Recreation Areas; 13 National Recreation Trails; and four National Parks; and to at least seven federally recognized Wilderness Areas. Plus, these roads wind through many National Historic Districts and include two National Historic Trails. Colorado Byways furthermore provide access to 24 Colorado State Parks and 26 other environmental points of interest, including National Natural Landmarks. Last but not least, there are also Colorado Welcome Centers, Colorado Creative Districts, and Colorado Main Streets available on these unique drives. The Colorado Byways program is intended to provide recreational, educational and economic benefits through interpretation and identification of key points of interest together with the protection of significant resources.
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Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways program provides information and education through websites, maps, brochures, and additional links to safely travel along 26 designated routes.
The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways are managed by a 15-member governor-appointed Commission and the program is housed within the Colorado Dept. of Transportation. The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways program is a statewide partnership intended to provide recreational, educational, and economic benefits to Coloradans and visitors by designating, interpreting, protecting, and promoting a system of outstanding touring routes in Colorado.