Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway

Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway

Address:c/o Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
USDA Forest Service - 2250 Highway 50
Delta, CO 81416

Phone:970-874-6600
Web: www.grandmesabyway.org Description:This 'playground in the sky' climbs through the dusty canyon of Plateau Creek to the evergreen forests of the mesa top, 11,000 feet above sea level. The impressive Grand Mesa, called Thunder Mountain by the Utes, was formed by lava flows, glaciers, and forces of erosion. It offers magnificent views of alpine forests and mountains of the surrounding region, and includes more than 300 lakes and reservoirs. It also offers views of the La Sal and the San Juan Mountains, both more than 60 miles away.
Legth: 63 miles. Start/Endpoint: Follows CO 65 for its entirety from the northern end at the Mesa exit on I-70 to the southern terminus at Cedaredge. Also includes a spur route off CO 65 along Land's End Road to Land's End. Time to Allow: 2 hours. Designation/Year: National Scenic Byway (1996).

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Each year like clockwork the aspen trees turn from forest green to honey yellow in the Rocky Mountain high country, and the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway offers a perfect loop tour through the best of the region's fall flair.
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