Description - Twenty-one routes within Colorado have been designated state Scenic and Historic Byways by a state-run commission. These thoroughfares are nominated by local citizens for their scenic, historic, cultural, recreational and natural attractions. They exist in all sections of the state and allow locals and visitors alike to enjoy Colorado's diverse terrain.
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Mt. Sopris and the Crystal River Valley from Highway 133, the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway.
- Each scenic byway is marked by a sky blue sign with the words "Scenic Byway" written across the top and the state flower, a columbine, pictured in the middle of it. Most of these routes travel through National Forest lands. A pamphlet titled "Discover Colorado: Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways" briefly describes each route.
Recreation - Scenic byways lend themselves well to scenic driving and bike touring. Because these roads cross many miles of National Forest lands, many recreational opportunities can be accessed from them. Check the specific byway for details.
Climate - To be guaranteed access to the beautiful scenery of these routes, travel them in the summer months. Many roads within National Forests close for the winter. A few of these routes require four-wheel drive vehicles throughout the year. Please check road conditions, and make sure your vehicle is appropriate, for your route.
The majority of Colorado's Scenic Byways exist in the western 2/3s of the state. Refer to each byway for specific directions.