Scenic Driving Colorado (Third Edition)

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Pack up the car and enjoy thirty separate drives through the soaring mountains, broad valleys, and endless plains of Colorado. With the third edition of this indispensable highway companion, you’ll travel highways and backroads from the Rocky Mountains and Mesa Verde National Park to the Great Sand Dunes and the Santa Fe Trail. Discover the wonders of Colorado’s multi-ethnic history, ecological and topographical diversity, and magnificent beauty.  Along the way, stop and explore long-deserted Anasazi Indian...
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Overview


Pack up the car and enjoy thirty separate drives through the soaring mountains, broad valleys, and endless plains of Colorado. With the third edition of this indispensable highway companion, you’ll travel highways and backroads from the Rocky Mountains and Mesa Verde National Park to the Great Sand Dunes and the Santa Fe Trail. Discover the wonders of Colorado’s multi-ethnic history, ecological and topographical diversity, and magnificent beauty.  Along the way, stop and explore long-deserted Anasazi Indian cities, powder-packed playgrounds for skiing nirvana, ghost towns and modern communities that retain a pioneer-era flavor, and numerous historic sites and museums detailing Colorado’s colorful past.
 
Inside you’ll find:
 
Itineraries ranging from 9 miles to 236 miles in length
Route maps for each drive
In-depth descriptions of attractions along the way
Historical information and suggested side trips
Tips on camping, lodging, and travel services
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762747917
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Scenic Driving Series
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,467,170
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Freelance outdoor photographer and writer Stewart M. Green is the author of many FalconGuides, including five Scenic Driving titles and four climbing guides. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vi
Map Legend     vii
Introduction     ix
The Scenic Drives
Santa Fe Trail Scenic Drive: La Junta to Trinidad     1
Pawnee Grasslands Scenic Drive: Ault to Sterling     11
Comanche Grasslands Scenic Drive: Trinidad to Springfield     20
Highway of Legends Scenic Byway: Walsenburg to Trinidad     30
Sangre de Cristo Scenic Drive: Texas Creek to Walsenburg     40
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway: Alamosa to Cumbres Pass     48
Wet Mountains Scenic Drive: Florence to Colorado City     62
Phantom Canyon and Shelf Roads: Canon City to Cripple Creek     71
Pikes Peak Highway: Cascade to the Summit of Pikes Peak     81
North Cheyenne Canon and Lower Gold Camp Roads: Colorado Springs     89
South Platte River Roads: Woodland Park to Pine Junction     96
Rampart Range Road: Garden of the Gods to Sedalia     104
South Park-Tarryall Loop Scenic Drive: Lake George through South Park and back to Lake George     111
Mount Evans Scenic Byway: Idaho Springs to the Summit of Mount Evans     122
Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway: Georgetown to Grant     130
Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway: Central City to Estes Park     138
Trail Ridge RoadAll-American Byway: Estes Park to Grand Lake     148
Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway: Fort Collins to Walden     158
Independence Pass Scenic Drive: Twin Lakes to Aspen     168
Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive: Buena Vista to Almont     177
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway: Gunnison to Crested Butte     184
Silver Thread Scenic Byway: South Fork to Lake City     194
San Juan Skyway All-American Byway: Durango to Dolores     204
Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway: Meeker to Yampa     225
Grand Mesa Scenic Byway: Cedaredge to Grand Junction     232
Black Canyon South Rim Scenic Drive: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park     240
Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway: Whitewater to Placerville     248
Mesa Verde National Park Scenic Drive: Mesa Verde National Park     259
Rim Rock Drive: Colorado National Monument     271
Harpers Corner Road: Dinosaur National Monument     280
For More Information     288
Index     299
About the Author     306
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