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Colorado River, Colorado - Scenic Drives

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  • Paved and Dirt/Gravel
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • 70 miles

The Burr Trail is a great scenic backway. It starts in the town of Boulder, crosses through the northesternmost portion of the Grand Staircase and then climbs up and over the waterpocket fold of Capitol Reef. Past the waterpocket fold it joins Notum Road.

  • Paved
  • 1 hour
  • 44 miles oneway

The Colorado Scenic Byway (Hwy 128) begins at Hwy 191 just north of Moab on the eastern edge of the Colorado River. It follows the river northeast for roughly 30 miles. Along the way are fantastic views of the swift moving Colorado as it carves its way through tall red rock cliffs.

  • 30 minutes minimum, but 2-3 hours recommended to enjoy the state and national parks.
  • 35 miles (56 km)

An intriguing name for an intriguing place: Dead Horse Point is so named because in the mid-1800s, cowboys installed wild mustangs here, on the natural corral, a small plateau 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Unwanted culls or "broomtails" were left behind on the plateau to find their way off th...

  • 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.

  • Rough Dirt/Gravel
  • 1 - 2 hours
  • 30 miles oneway

Hell's Backbone starts from Hwy. 12 just south of Boulder and climbs up and around Box Death Hollow Wilderness. It features a dramatic stretch of road along a narrow ridge with sheer drops on both sides and crosses wonderful narrow bridge. The route has some great views out over the range as it twists through pine, spruce and fir forests.

  • 1 hour
  • 17 miles (27 km)

The Moab area is known for its abundance of Indian rock art. This byway features several petroglyph panels, with many individual carvings depicting symbolic animals and anthropomorphs. Other ancient traces include a roadside display of dinosaur tracks and a number of delicate, naturally formed stone...

  • One hour
  • 44 miles (70 km)

Cutting through the red rock gorge of the Colorado River, this route offers a panoramic view of the LaSal Mountains, whose snow-capped peaks rise in vivid contrast to the red rock sandstone typical of this canyon country.

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