Celebrate America's Byways 25th Anniversary with a Scenic Fall Drive

Photo by Cathy Edwards ~ Douglas Pass aspens on the Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic and Prehistoric Byway.

Photo by Cathy Edwards ~ Douglas Pass aspens on the Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic and Prehistoric Byway.

Denver, CO, August 29, 2016  -  September is a favorite time of year to head out on a scenic drive and admire the Rocky Mountain's quaking aspen fall colors. While enjoying your drive, also celebrate that 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the National Scenic Byways Program created through the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. 

Our state offers an outstanding collection of 26 Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways, including 11 America's Byways®, 2 All-American Roads, 10 National Forest Scenic Byways, and 2 Bureau of Land Management National Back Country Byways. America's Byways® is the umbrella term used for the national collection of 150 distinct and diverse roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. 

To make things a little easier, Colorado Byways is collaborating with MyScenicDrives to provide more information for travelers. MyScenicDrives includes a feature to showcase electrical vehicle charging stations and help people plan when they might need a pit stop. The company also offers a road-trip planner that allows users to create an itinerary which can be printed or exported to a GPS device. Recently, MyScenicDrives has uploaded Guanella Pass and Cache la Poudre-North Park Byway to Colorado’s collection of Scenic Drives. Additionally, the Colorado Department of Transportation furnishes a Bicycling and Scenic Byways map which can be ordered online or picked up at a Colorado Welcome Center.

And since the earliest days of the automobile, driving for pleasure has always been one of America's most popular outdoor recreational pursuits. In more recent history, Coloradans and visitors also pursue bicycling byways as part of their recreational pursuit. That’s important, because Colorado Byways take us to outstanding historic and recreation destinations throughout the State, get us up close and personal with our unique environments, and remind us of our heritage.

For more information about the Scenic and Historic Byways, visit www.ColoradoByways.org.


Colorado's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts 26 scenic and historic byways, 42 state parks, 12 national parks and monuments, 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet, 20 main street communities, 18 creative districts, and 3 national heritage areas.