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Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

 

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Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway near Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, Parshall, Ski Granby Ranch

The prospect of gold disturbed everyone's minds in the late 1800's, and what better place for collecting gold, than the mighty Colorado River. However, as time went on, the disappointment of poverty forced miners to reconsider their options. With an area flaunting the Colorado River and three large lakes, what better than to open resort towns to offer rest and relaxation. Others opted to farming and ranching and this use of the land continues. Discover the beauty of the Colorado River and surrounding areas on this 80-mile byway.

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, Colorado Vacation Directory
The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway.
A fox den near Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, Colorado Vacation Directory
Fox cubs at play Courtesy of HSSPhotos
 

The byway pays tribute to one of the mightiest rivers in the western United States. It begins at the headwaters of the Colorado River. Though the byway only travels 80 miles of the river, the river itself runs another 1,320 miles to provide water to the southwestern states of Utah, Wyoming, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. The river also has many points where it resembles a soothing brook, tumbling down green meadows and into gorges.

Be sure to visit the hot springs in Hot Sulphur Springs where the Ute Indians came to cure rheumatism and arthritis. Many legends still surround these areas where Native Americans lived and hunted. Today, these springs still warm and soothe the body.

Mama deer and baby deer, Colorado Vacation Directory
Courtesy of Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce.
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Courtesy of Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce.
 

Don't miss the Three Lakes Reservoir. Here, Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Lake Granby make up the largest reservoirs in the area, providing abounding water recreational activities. Fishing, camping, boating, hiking, and swimming are some favorite activities of the area. The Colorado River also boasts Gold Metal Water. This means that the river is home to many trout considered to be trophy size. Downstream from Granby is Troublesome Creek where many try their luck at catching a trophy trout. The river also provides rafting, as well as canoeing.

Location: Start in Grand Lake just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park and travel southwest through Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall, Kremmling You'll come to the end of the byway at State Bridge.

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Places to Stay & Fun things to Do

Canyon Motel Lodging, The email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Hot Sulphur Springs, near Grand Lake, walk to hot springs and The Colorado River's gold medal fishing. AAA approved rooms: quality, comfort, value, kitchens, Free WI-FI, pets OK, romance packages.
Granby Chamber of Commerce link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Granby is an unparalleled opportunity for you to enjoy everything you would expect from a Colorado Rocky Mountain experience; all with a friendly, small town atmosphere that won't bust your budget.
High Country Stampede Rodeo link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Saturdays: July 4th - August 15th in Fraser Colorado's High Country. Stampede RODEO: Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronco & Bull Riding, Pole Bending, Team & Calf Roping & Steer Wrestling.
Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A quiet town along the Colorado Headwaters Scenic Byway in Grand Country. National Forest: hike, fish, horseback ride, snowshoe. In town soak in the hot springs pool and visit the Pioneer Village Museum.
Kremmling Chamber of Commerce link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Along the Colorado River Headwaters Byway in the heart of the Colorado's high country! Year-round recreation: reservoirs, rivers, ranch land, narrow canyons, wildlife, and access 3 National Forests.
Melody Lodge Cabins, Store & MLC Fishing Service email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation Link to special offers and discounts icon
At Green Mountain Reservoir in north Summit County, in Colorado's ranch country. 5 miles to Cataract Lake and Falls. All the best summer recreation: hike, boat, fish, hunt, jeep, watch wildlife and birds.
Williams Fork Lodging email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Map showing location of Colorado vacation
A tranquil retreat or a recreation paradise, 40 acres, near Hot Sulphur Springs, offers something for everyone! Quiet, secluded, means no light pollution to spoil the view of the Milky Way from the hot tub.

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Grand Lake, Colorado includes: Granby, Ski Granby Ranch

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado includes: Parshall

Kremmling, Colorado



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