Backroads & Byways of Colorado: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions

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Longtime Colorado residents and intrepid travelers John Daters and Drea Knufken are your guides over the sky-grappling pinnacles of the Rockies, down the sandstone valleys of the Western Slope, and through windswept prairies. Explore Ancestral Puebloan settlements along the San Juan Skyway, Travel over "the Nation's Backbone," the Continental Divide, Ski, hike or camp in the massive 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest, Follow frontier paths and walk through long-abandoned ghost towns, Drive through Rocky...
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Overview

Longtime Colorado residents and intrepid travelers John Daters and Drea Knufken are your guides over the sky-grappling pinnacles of the Rockies, down the sandstone valleys of the Western Slope, and through windswept prairies. Explore Ancestral Puebloan settlements along the San Juan Skyway, Travel over "the Nation's Backbone," the Continental Divide, Ski, hike or camp in the massive 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest, Follow frontier paths and walk through long-abandoned ghost towns, Drive through Rocky Mountain National Park via Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved through-road in North America, ... and much more. Also included are travelers tips that provide expert insight into the state's true must-sees, and recommendations for where to find a memorable meal and a place to hang your hat should you need a rest along the way. Backroads & Byways of Colorado is the shortest route a visitor can take to exploring like a native and for natives to delve more deeply into the history and magic of their home state.

About the Author:
Drea Knufken lives in Boulder, Colorado. A Southern California native, she still endeavors to figure out Colorado's weather, which natives assure her is impossible. She explores Colorado's ever-growing list of restaurants and live music shows when not writing or playing outdoors

About the Author:
John Daters is an official travel writer for the state of Colorado. When not pounding away at the keyboard, he can be found picking his way through the Rocky Mountains in search of little-known high-mountain lakes

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This illustrated guide introduces readers to a dozen scenic and historic backroads and byways throughout Colorado. In addition to meticulously describing each route, coauthors Drea Knufken and John Dates enhance the package with informative sidebars and traveler's tips.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881507874
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Backroads and Byways Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Drea Knufken lives in Boulder, CO, where she enjoys exploring the great outdoors and the state’s ever-growing list of restaurants and live music venues.

John Daters is an official travel writer for the state of
Colorado. In his spare time he enjoys hiking in the Rockies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Preparing for Your Trip     9
Western Slope
San Juan Skyway     21
Trail of the Ancients     47
West Elk Loop     58
Continental Divide
Colorado River Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway     83
Flat Tops Wilderness Trail Scenic and Historic Byway     106
Guanella Pass     122
Los Caminos Antiguos     133
Top of the Rockies     148
Gold Belt Tour     172
Front Range
Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway     196
Trail Ridge Road: Rocky Mountain National Park     214
Eastern Plains
Frontier Pathways and Highway of the Legends     233
Index     267
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