Southern Rockies Road Trips
Drive Trips of the Southern Rockies
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Vegas to National Parks to Vegas
6 legs - 857.4 miles: 16 hours, 0 min
Any road trip through the Desert Southwest is full of unique twists and turns, r...
Utah's National Parks
5 legs - 1049.3 miles: 19 hours, 1 min
From the cottonwood-shaded banks of Zion Canyon's Virgin River to the pink-and-o...
Colorado’s San Juan Skyway
4 legs - 865.1 miles: 17 hours, 11 min
When it comes to breathtaking vistas and opportunities for invigorating outdoor ...
Denver to Boulder
3 legs - 162.2 miles: 4 hours, 38 min
City meets snow country during this tour, as steel-and-glass skyscrapers give wa...
Denver to Breckenridge
4 legs - 330.0 miles: 7 hours, 30 min
Leave the city behind on this scenic drive into the heart of Colorado ski country. You’ll have incredible views of the Rockies’ rugged peaks as you pass through former mining towns, cross the Continental Divide and make your way to the skiing meccas of Steamboat Springs, Vail and Breckenridge. Be advised that elevations reach as high as 11,300 feet on this trip.
Arches National Park Scenic Drive
1 leg - 28.7 miles: 1 hours, 3 min
As you slowly ascend this desert mesa you’ll be awed as you peer from the ...
Denver to Salida Loop
4 legs - 402.2 miles: 10 hours, 3 min
Colorado’s breathtaking biodiversity and pioneer history is revealed durin...
Denver to Glenwood Springs
3 legs - 256.5 miles: 6 hours, 0 min
As you ease out of the Front Range’s foothills, those once distant snow-ca...
Rim Rock Scenic Drive
1 leg - 25.9 miles: 1 hours, 1 min
Colorado National Monument’s Rim Rock Drive offers 19 overlooks and more t...
Zion Canyon Scenic Byway
1 leg - 57.0 miles: 1 hours, 27 min
SR 9 showcases some of southwestern Utah’s most impressive natural features, from the Virgin River to the fiery-hued cliffs of Zion National Park. A fee is charged to drive through the national park, so while you’re there, stop in at the visitor center or go on a short hike. There also are roadside pull-off areas where you can take in the dramatic landscapes.
Pikes Peak Scenic Toll Road
1 leg - 19.4 miles: 0 hours, 50 min
Beginning in a forest of aspen and pine, Pikes Peak Toll Road climbs ever higher...
Mesa Verde National Park Scenic Road
1 leg - 31.1 miles: 1 hours, 8 min
Mesa Verde National Park road winds around mesas and through scrubland dotted wi...
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Lyons to Estes Park
1 leg - 34.5 miles: 0 hours, 51 min
On scenic SR 7, you’ll first encounter Hall Ranch, punctuated by sandstone...
Trail Ridge Scenic Road
1 leg - 61.9 miles: 1 hours, 44 min
This route follows Fall River Road near Estes Park and Trail Ridge Road, passing...
Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway
1 leg - 22.5 miles: 0 hours, 30 min
The access road for Dead Horse Point State Park, SR 313 affords an awesome trip through red rock canyon country. The park—named for a legend about a corralled band of wild mustangs left to die in the valley—rises high above the Colorado River. It offers campgrounds, trails and overlooks from which to admire the area’s sculpted pinnacles, buttes and cliffs.
Mount Evans Scenic Road
1 leg - 14.5 miles: 0 hours, 37 min
Ending just below the summit, Mount Evans Road treats drivers to amazing high-al...
Logan Canyon Scenic Highway
1 leg - 42.8 miles: 0 hours, 56 min
For most of its journey between Logan and Garden City, this byway parallels the ...
Frontier Pathways Scenic Route 96
1 leg - 52.0 miles: 0 hours, 57 min
West of Pueblo, SR 96 swings by the huge Pueblo Reservoir and on through miles o...
Grand Mesa National Scenic Byway
1 leg - 50.3 miles: 1 hours, 5 min
As SR 65 climbs the south slope of Grand Mesa, the landscape becomes greener and...
Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway
1 leg - 62.7 miles: 1 hours, 16 min
From water vistas of the Steinaker Reservoir in the south to the vibrant presence of the red rock canyon near the northern terminus, nature loads this byway with scenic geological history. There’s 1-billion-year-old (yes, with a “B”) exposed rock of Uintas, desert, wildlife and even habitats once used by dinosaurs. Explore more at the Red Canyon Overlook and Visitor Center or the Flaming Gorge Dam; both are slightly off of US 191/SR 44.
Markagunt High Plateau Scenic Byway
1 leg - 40.4 miles: 0 hours, 51 min
Begin your Markagunt High Plateau Scenic Byway (SR 14) journey through flaming r...
Bicentennial Scenic Byway
1 leg - 121.4 miles: 2 hours, 2 min
Glimpse the snow-coated peaks of the Henry Mountains, followed by the Little Egy...
Capitol Reef National Park Scenic Drive
1 leg - 10.2 miles: 0 hours, 33 min
On your journey along Capitol Reef National Park’s Scenic Drive, you will ...
Capitol Reef Scenic Route 24
1 leg - 48.0 miles: 0 hours, 57 min
Desert tones on SR 24 range from hematite red to carnotite-enhanced yellow, pain...
Colorado's Arkansas River Scenic Highway
1 leg - 56.0 miles: 1 hours, 5 min
After hugging the Arkansas River on its way through rugged Bighorn Sheep Canyon, the Arkansas River Scenic Highway (SR 50) leaves the river behind as it flows into Royal Gorge, whose walls soar 1,000 feet over churning rapids. Before rejoining the river in Cañon City, the route parallels Skyline Drive—a scenic one-lane road atop a narrow ridge above the town.
Eccles Canyon Scenic Byway
1 leg - 15.4 miles: 0 hours, 22 min
Enjoy views of mountain meadows and alpine forest as SR 264 winds its way east t...
Elk Mountains Scenic Highway
1 leg - 65.9 miles: 1 hours, 19 min
From Carbondale SR 133 winds circuitously through the Elk Mountains. Jagged rock...
Frontier Pathways Scenic Route 165
1 leg - 32.9 miles: 0 hours, 42 min
Historic homesteads along Frontier Pathways Scenic Route 165 evoke the isolation...
Highway of Legends Scenic Drive
1 leg - 81.1 miles: 1 hours, 45 min
Winding, two-lane SR 12 branches off US 160, passing groves of aspen before asce...
Russell Tutt Scenic Highway
1 leg - 2.7 miles: 0 hours, 11 min
Enjoy spectacular Rocky Mountain Range vistas along Russell Tutt Scenic Highway. Journey past rocky outcroppings up the mountain and stop to climb the roughly 8,000-foot, stone tower memorial to Will Rogers to appreciate expansive views of the state. Evergreens are scattered on the mountains; the city below is ablaze in fall when aspens, maples and oaks change colors.
Sangre de Cristo Mountains Scenic Drive
1 leg - 57.0 miles: 1 hours, 2 min
Prairie lands dust the landscape with soft greenery along Sangre de Cristo Mount...
Top of the Rockies Scenic Route 91
1 leg - 22.1 miles: 0 hours, 23 min
Clean, brisk mountain air; broad alpine valleys; and stark, snow-capped peaks so...
Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway
1 leg - 91.4 miles: 1 hours, 46 min
Charting a spectacular course through the arid Colorado Plateau’s river-ca...
Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway
1 leg - 41.5 miles: 0 hours, 52 min
Keep your eyes peeled for some amazing sights, such as Fisher Towers, whose spir...
Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway
1 leg - 37.3 miles: 1 hours, 18 min
You will definitely want your camera handy to capture the diverse geography and landscape of the Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway. With its dense forests, mountain vistas, and rocky outcrops and ridges, there are plenty of places to stop and take in the scenery. Some of the route consists of two-lane back roads that wind through the mountains with switchbacks that require attentive driving.