Grand Mesa Loop

As one of the top attractions in the area, Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, is a paved state highway between I-70 and Cedaredge. The spectacular 63-mile route begins in the scenic Plateau River Canyon, then climbs through forests and meadows full of wildflowers, to offer panoramic views from the top of Grand Mesa. Grand Mesa was designated for its historical qualities by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway in 1996 (the highest level of designation).  It is one of eleven of America’s Byways® designated in Colorado.

West Elk Loop

West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway, the twin summits of Mount Sopris and the incomparable Black Canyon anchor the ends of the West Elk Loop. The coke ovens at Redstone bear witness to the toil that built the communities of today. Carbondale, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Gunnison, Crested Butte, and other towns offer a slice of Colorado’s rich history, varied lifestyles, and natural beauty. The route gives access to the White River and Gunnison National Forests, Black Canyon National Park, Curecanti National Recreational Area, and Crawford and Paonia State Parks. It is obvious why this is one of the most popular attractions in the region.