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Southern Rockies > Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway Colorado Scenic BywayNational Forest Byway

  • Overview
  • Cinnamon Pass Rd
  • Engineer Pass Rd
  • Animas Forks to Silverton

A snowy vista seen from Engineer Pass on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway.Snowy vista - Engineer Pass


  • Summer wildflowers and vistas in American Basin off the Cinnamon Pass Rd
  • Incredible vistas from Engineer Pass and Oh! Point
  • For the adventurous, scenic side roads on the way to Silverton
  • The entire area is rich in mining history and its remnants

Southern Rockies > San Juan Skyway - Ouray AreaAmerica's BywayScenic BywayNational Forest Byway

  • Overview
  • Owl Creek Pass
  • Dallas Divide
  • Yankee Boy Basin
  • Brooklyn Rd
  • Ophir Pass
  • US-550

Colorful aspen on the San Juan Skyway near Ouray,Colorado.Colorful aspen - San Juan Skyway

SH62 from Placerville to US-550 to Durango

Ouray, surrounded on three sides with 13,000 ft peaks, is known for its large natural hot springs, picturesque Victorian architecture and the Ice Park.


  • Spectacular wildflower displays and scenery in Yankee Boy Basin
  • Exceptional views along the Million Dollar Hwy, Ophir Pass Rd, Dallas Divide
  • Fall foliage along Owl Creek Pass Rd, US-550

Southern Rockies > San Juan Skyway - Telluride Area America's BywayScenic BywayNational Forest Byway

  • Overview
  • SH145 North
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Last Dollar Rd
  • SH-145 South
  • Alta Lakes/Gold King Basin
  • Mesa Verde NPNational Park

Tomboy Ghost Town - TellurideTomboy Ghost Town - Telluride

SH-145 from Placerville to Durango

Telluride is a National Historic District located in a box canyon surrounded by towering peaks. Telluride also hosts music, art, film, food, balloon, hang gliding, mushroom, and photography events and festivals.


  • Bridal Veil Falls is a must see.
  • Wildflowers in Gold King Basin
  • Fall foliage on Last Dollar, Silver Pick, and Ophir Pass

Elsewhere in the Area

  • Overview
  • Great Sand Dunes NPNational Park
  • Black Canyon NPNational Park
  • Silver ThreadColorado Scenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Looking into The Narrows of the Black Canyon of the GunnisonBlack Canyon of the Gunnison


  • Skiing or sledding on the Dunes. Morning and evening shadows.
  • Ranger guided tours of the cliff dwellings.
  • Sheer cliffs of the spectacular Black Canyon.
  • Waterfalls, access to the Alpine Loop and fantastic scenery along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway.