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Dinosaur Diamond is named for the rough diamond shape of this remarkable area, stretching from Eastern Utah into Western Colorado. The Byway offers opportunities for the public to visit archeological and fossil sites in their natural settings.

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel
  • 2 hours
  • 50 miles oneway

Browns Park was once outlaw country and if it's no longer that, you can explore the canyons and forests that once served as shelter for the ne'er do wells. Today, these rocks and forests are home to elk and deer.

  • 10 hours to drive or 10 days to enjoy the Byway
  • 480 miles (772 km)

The Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway delivers discovery and exploration at several sites filled with science and history. The two-state Byway combines opportunities to see dinosaur bones being excavated and prepared by paleontologists for museum display. Visit the museums along the Byway that showcase reconstructed skeletons and fleshed-out recreations of dinosaurs found in the area.

  • Two hours (including backtracking on Highway 44) to drive or a day to enjoy the Byway.
  • 82 miles (132 km)

As one of the most aptly named landscapes in the country, Flaming Gorge provides vast scenic vistas that you won't be able to fit into your camera! These views may only live in your memory. Drive this scenic Byway and watch Flaming Gorge and the Uintas unfold from several different perspectives.

  • Paved
  • 1 hour
  • 47 miles oneway

Indian Canyon Scenic Byway climbs out of the Price River Canyon along Willow Creek through the Ashley National Forest. The route reaches 9,100 feet and forests of aspen and Douglas fir. You'll likely see deer and maybe some elk. The trip is autumn is exceptionally beautiful.

  • Paved
  • 2 hours
  • 80 mile roundtrip

If you like pictographs and lots and lots of natural color, this is a road to travel. This road travels a narrow, high-walled canyon and you'll want to stop off by the Jones Hold National Fish Hatchery to explore Jones Creek and Fremont Indian pictographs.

  • Allow 2 hours travel time, with a few more to hunt for rock art and Fremont sites.
  • 78 miles (125 km)

Although the name can be misleading, the 80-mile Nine Mile Canyon provides family-friendly entertainment for campers and day-trippers alike.

  • Paved sections and dirt/gravel sections
  • 2 hours
  • 45 miles oneway

The Red Cloud/Dry Fork Scenic Backway is a 45 mile loop through the eastern Uinta Mountains. It winds through attractive forests of aspen and pine, pleasant open meadows and tumbling mountain streams. The return through Dry Fork Canyon provides nice canyon scenery.

  • Paved sections and dirt/gravel sections
  • 2-3 hours
  • 48 mile partial loop

The Sheep Creek Loop runs through the sheer, rugged canyon walls of Sheep Creek Canyon with dramatic views of the Uinta Fault. Spirit Lake Road is a spur road from the Sheep Creek Loop that leads through beautiful pine and aspen forests to pretty Spirit Lake high in the Uinta Mountains.

  • Rough Dirt or Gravel
  • 2.5 hours to 1/2 day
  • 25 miles one-way

Follow the course of the Yampa river through rugged desert canyons. There are dozens of places to camp and hike.

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