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Central Rockies North > US-285 S

  • Overview
  • Map
  • Guanella PassScenic BywayNational Forest Byway
  • Kenosha Pass
  • Georgia Pass
  • Boreas Pass
  • Weston Pass

South Park from Georgia PassSouth Park from Georgia Pass

Highlights:

  • Fall ColorsGuanella Pass - Kenosha Pass - Weston Pass
  • FlowersTrain RelicsBoreas Pass
  • WildlifeGeorgia Pass
  • Scenic vistasAll of these passes have terrific vistas!
Map of the Central Rockies North US285

Central Rockies North > I-70 East of the Divide

  • Overview
  • Lariat LoopAmerica's BywayScenic Byway
  • Mt EvansScenic BywayNational Forest Byway
  • St Marys Glacier
  • Guanella PassScenic BywayNational Forest Byway
  • Loveland Pass

Combat Wing on the Lariat LoopCombat Wing Lariat Loop

Highlights:

  • Colorado Scenic BywayNational Forest BywayGuanella Pass Scenic Byway
  • Hang GlidingCombat wings and hang gliders on the Lariat Loop
  • Wildlifeand bristlecone pines on Mt Evans
  • Snowboarding and Skiing Summer skiers on St Marys Glacier
  • Fall ColorsGuanella Pass
  • Scenic vistasMoon over A-Basin from east side of Loveland Pass

Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic BywayAmerica's BywayScenic Byway

Buffalo at the overlook on the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway.

How to get there:

The route begins at the intersection of US-6 and 19th St in Golden, the Lookout Mountain road.

  • GPS
  • US-6 and 19th St
  • 39.7456
  • -105.2236
  • Directions

In General:Campground

  • Length:
  • 36 miles
  •  
  • Driving Time:
  • min. 1 hour

One of the first historic byways in the country, the loop runs through the historic towns of Morrison, Evergreen, and Golden and provides access to foothills photo ops.

Photo Ops:Hang GlidingScenic vistasFlowersWildlife

Look for combat wings and hang gliders on Lookout Mtn GPS 39.7490 -105.2385
Clear Creek History Park at 11th St/Arapahoe Ave in Golden GPS 39.7558 -105.2237
Buffalo and a terrific vista at the Buffalo Herd Overlook GPS 39.7135 -105.3144
Wildlife around Evergreen and Morrison

Mount Evans Scenic BywayScenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Rocky Mountain goat and kids on Mt Evans.

How to get there:

I-70 west to Idaho Springs, exit 240. Or west on I-70 to Evergreen Pkwy then south to SH103.

In General:CampgroundFishing AvailableHiking Seasonal Closure

  • Length:
  • 63 miles
  •  
  • Driving Time:
  • min. 2 hours 10
Daily Vehicle Pass - $10

The byway climbs more than 7,000 feet in just 28 miles, reaching an altitude of 14,160 feet. The upper section of this road is the highest paved highway in North America.

Photo Ops:WildlifeScenic vistasFlowersFall Colors

Photo opportunities abound here: mountain vistas, bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, other wildlife, flowers, bristlecone pines. All within an hour's drive from nearly anywhere in the Denver metro area. This is perhaps the best place in Colorado to catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goats.

  • Mile 0.0 SH103/I-70 — Head south on SH103
  • Mile 6.5—SH 103 begins to climb through a series of switchbacks. Watch for some pull outs and a picnic area on the right side of the road. There are some really nice views of Mt. Evans. Morning light is best.
  • Mile 12.6—Echo Lake. Again, nice vistas of Mt Evans.
  • Mile 13.1—Turn right on SH5, the road to the summit.
  • Mile 16.0—Dos Chappell Nature Center and TH's. Bristlecone pines.
  • Mile 17.9—Mount Goliath, a mountain peak section of the Denver Botanic Gardens accessible by the M. Walter Pesman Trail.
  • Mile 22.1—Summit Lake. Be sure to take the short hike along the edge of the lake to stand atop the cliff overlooking the Chicago Creek drainage. Rocky Mountain goats are common here.
  • Mile 27.5—The summit of Mt. Evans. There are several dramatic overlooks and you can expect to see bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goats anywhere in this section.
  • Mile 41.9—Return to SH103, turn right to continue on the Byway over Squaw Pass.
  • Mile 43.8—Picnic Area. Short walk to an overlook with a vista extending to ?Kansas?
  • Mile 59.7—The Byway ends at the junction with SH74, Evergreen Pkwy, at Bergen Park.
  • Turn left and drive 3 miles to return to I-70.

Central Rockies North > West of the Divide

  • Overview
  • Ute Pass
  • Mohawk Lakes
  • Mayflower GulchAmerica's BywayScenic BywayNational Forest Byway
  • Shrine Pass

Reflection in Mohawk Lake, COMohawk Lake

Highlights:

  • Fall ColorsShrine Pass
  • FlowersMohawk Lake - Shrine Pass - Mayflower Gulch - Ute Pass
  • WaterfallsMohawk Lake
  • Scenic vistasEspecially photogenic Mohawk Lake - Ute Pass - Shrine Pass - Mayflower Gulch