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Colorado River Headwaters Scenic & Historic Byway

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic & Historic Byway Review

Whether you're staying in Grand Lake or merely stopping on your way to another destination, the 80-mile (one-way) Colorado River Headwaters Scenic & Historic Byway between Grand Lake and State Bridge is worth a side trip. The route takes you along the Colorado River, past hot springs, ranches, and reservoirs, through wide spaces with views of mountains, along deep canyons, and through a seemingly incongruous sage-covered desert. Follow U.S. 34 west out of Grand Lake toward Granby (about 15 miles) and take a right onto U.S. 40. Drive west on U.S. 40 to Kremmling (about 26 miles), which is a good place to fill up on gas and to get a cup of coffee or a snack before heading on. There are no facilities until the town of State Bridge. From Kremmling you can continue on U.S. 40 (and the scenic byway) for another 53.5 miles, or you can take a shortcut—an even more remote and beautiful route—to Grand Lake. Note that this route is not suitable for large RVs: From U.S. 40 (Park Ave.) in Kremmling, turn right onto 6th Street/Highway 9, and drive about 2.3 miles until you see Trough Road (County Rd. 1) on your right. This gravel road snakes along the precipices of Gore Canyon, and has several turnouts where you can get a good look at the roaring Colorado River below. Follow it for about 14.3 miles to State Bridge. From there, you can loop back to Kremmling and then Grand Lake via Highways 131 and 134 and U.S. 40.

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  • Address: Grand Lake, CO
  • Location: Grand Lake
Updated: 10-01-2013

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