50.3 miles: 1 hours, 5 minutes
As SR 65 climbs the south slope of Grand Mesa, the landscape becomes greener and the views more impressive. Ponds and lakes dot the fir-forested mesa top, and several turnouts allow drivers to enjoy the vistas. Descending the mesa's north flank, SR 65 passes through rocky Plateau Creek Canyon. At the byway's end, steep-walled Debeque Canyon offers another change of scenery.