Fodor's Expert Review Colorado River Headwaters Scenic & Historic Byway

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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 continue on through an even more remote and beautiful route. Note that this route is not suitable for large RVs or buses as it is an improved dirt road rather than paved. From U.S. 40 (Park Avenue) in Kremmling, turn left onto 6th Street/Highway... READ MORE

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 continue on through an even more remote and beautiful route. Note that this route is not suitable for large RVs or buses as it is an improved dirt road rather than paved. From U.S. 40 (Park Avenue) in Kremmling, turn left onto 6th Street/Highway 9, and drive about 2¼ miles until you see Trough Road (County Road 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 and train tracks below. Stop by the viewing platform at the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park at Pumphouse to see paddlers and boarders playing in the waves. Follow the byway for about 26 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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