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America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives

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Colorado Tourism Office/Miles

From alpine lakes to marshy wetlands and East Coast to West, hitch a ride as we hit the gas on America’s most beautiful waterside drives.

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, Colorado

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Starting Point: Grand Lake, CO

The Route: 69 miles along Highways 34 and 40 to State Bridge, CO

What to Expect: The mighty Colorado River starts as snowmelt into Grand Lake (the state’s largest body of water) and tumbles nearly 1,700 feet in elevation through golden meadows and forests, drifting by sprawling ranches, rugged mountains, and plenty of places to hike, canoe, fish, and observe abundant wildlife.

Where to Stop: Hot Sulphur Springs, once used by the Ute Indians, who believed in the healing powers of the mineral-rich waters.

America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, Colorado

Starting Point: Grand Lake, CO

The Route: 69 miles along Highways 34 and 40 to State Bridge, CO

What to Expect: The mighty Colorado River starts as snowmelt into Grand Lake (the state’s largest body of water) and tumbles nearly 1,700 feet in elevation through golden meadows and forests, drifting by sprawling ranches, rugged mountains, and plenty of places to hike, canoe, fish, and observe abundant wildlife.

Where to Stop: Hot Sulphur Springs, once used by the Ute Indians, who believed in the healing powers of the mineral-rich waters.

Colorado Tourism Office/Miles
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