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Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway


Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway Map, Colorado Click here to go to map legend

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

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.

Train traveling along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, Colorado
The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway
Shops decorated for Christmas along the boardwalk in Grand Lakes historic downtown, Colorado
Walk the Historic Shops in Downtown Grand Lake

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.

People celebrating Hot Sulphur Days in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber
Hot Sulphur Days in July - Join the Celebration
Stellars Jay in tree near Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber
Birding can be found along the Colorado River

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

High Country Stampede Rodeo Web page link icon Photos on page icon
2023 Saturdays: July 1st-August 12th in Fraser: Colorado High Country Stampede: Roping, Breakaway, Bull, Barrel and Bareback Riding, Saddle Broncs, Pole Bending, Steer Wrestling. Voted Best New CPRA Rodeo 2021!
Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce Web page link icon Photos on page icon
In Grand Country, along the Colorado Headwaters Scenic Byway Hot Sulphur Springs, this quiet town has soaking pools. Arapahoe National Forest: hike, fish, horseback ride, cross-country ski, snowshoe.
Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce: Year-Round Recreation Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Kremmling, Colorado along the Colorado River Headwaters Byway in the heart of Colorado high country! VACATION YEAR-ROUND: Reservoirs, rivers, national forests, ranch land, narrow canyons, and wildlife.
On The Trail Rentals: ATVs, UTVs and Snowmobiles Reservation link icon Special offers and discounts link icon
RENT at the trailhead near Grand Lake and National Forest! Unguided and guided snowmobiling, 130 miles of groomed trails. In Summer trails are great for Side-By-Side ATVs. Start your adventure here!
Red Mountain RV Park Web page link icon
Full service RV Park in Kremmling. The Red Mountains has 100+ miles of ATV trails, start here. Fish the Colorado River! WiFi. 40 miles to Summit County and Rocky Mountain National Park. OPEN ALL YEAR!

More Activities & Information

Grand County, Colorado

Grand Lake, Colorado includes: Granby, Ski Granby Ranch

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado includes: Parshall

Kremmling, Colorado

Scenic Byways in Colorado

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