Colorado Scenic Byways Map
Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway
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.
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.
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.
Places to Stay & Fun things to Do
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 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.
Every Saturday in July & first 2 in August. In Fraser at County Road 73. EVENTS: Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Pole Bending, Saddle Bronco Riding, Team Roping, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling & Bull Riding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Activities & Information
Grand Lake, Colorado includes: Granby, Ski Granby Ranch
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado includes: Parshall