America’s Scenic Byways — Colorado

The “National Scenic Byway” program in the US is designed to highlight the nation’s roads which have special significance for historical and/or aesthetic reasons. At this time there are 150 roads in 46 of the 50 states which have earned this designation. Take a tour with me of some of America’s Scenic Byways and see what they have to offer.

The state of Colorado is replete with gorgeous mountain vistas and thus has quite a few drives which have been designated as America’s Scenic Byways.

San Juan Skyway — Also known as the Million Dollar Highway, this incredible scenic route travels from the charming town of Durango

Strater Hotel, Durango

past fabulous mountain views

Mountain Vista

through the town of Silverton


to Ouray, Colorado.


Trail Ridge Road — This scenic alpine road traverses some of Rocky Mountain National Park’s best vistas.

Trail Ridge Road Vista

Trail of the Ancients — This scenic byway begins at Mesa Verde National Park, America’s most well-preserved and most popular Native American site.

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde

The ride continues into Utah where it incorporates one of my favorite places in the West, Monument Valley Navaho Tribal Park, a setting for so many Cowboy and Indian movies.

Monument Valley

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