Colorado's Scenic Byways

Discover a lesser-known side of Colorado as you journey its National Scenic Byways with experts, exploring natural monuments, local museums, mining history and welcoming mountain towns.
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Program No. 20907RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Not just a route to a destination, a Colorado scenic byway is a destination in itself. Experience nine spectacular and little-traveled Colorado highways recognized as National Scenic Byways for their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Local events, experts, speakers and Colorado backroads characters provide perspective on the real Colorado, away from crowds and tourist traps and in remote areas off the interstates. Take time to relate with the roads and hear the stories of the people who live, work and make homes along them.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1/2 mile at a time at museums and National Parks. Elevations of 4,500–10,000 feet make walking and physical exertion more challenging.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience nine of Colorado's spectacular and least traveled highways so special that they have all been awarded Scenic Byway designation.
  • Delve into the real Colorado with local speakers and characters who make the backroad communities of Colorado their home.
  • Along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, view peaks soaring 14,000 feet and learn of frontier prospectors.
Featured Expert
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Joan Fields
A Colorado native, Joan Fields has always had a deep interest in the culture and history of the state. She is a member of several historical organizations and has had many years of experience in leading study explorations for various groups. She is a past president of Ghost Town Club of Colorado, an organization that focuses on the preservation and study of Colorado’s past. Her deep love of the state and passion for history brings everything together.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Joan Fields
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