As you explore this 115-mile stretch of high country diversions, which seldom drops below 9,000 feet, we invite you to dawdle here, linger there. You may be lucky enough to spot the very nimble Big Horn Sheep, Prong Horn Antelope, Red tail Foxes, Deer, Elk, Pica, Mountain Goat and other indigenous wildlife picking their way around a boulder crop or a marmot dashing for cover.

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Where the rich history of the West and its wealth of natural resources are showcased in a living working landscape.Because of its extraordinary scenic beauty and importance in history, it was designated in 1999 as one of only 53 roads in the United States as a National Scenic Byway.

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From the discovery of gold in the area in 1860, to the rise and fall of mining & railroad boom towns, to the brave men of World War II's 10th Mountain Division who trained at Camp Hale, this region is rich in Colorado History and is a must- see destination for History buffs.

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The length of the byway is 115 miles long and takes approximately three hours to drive, although you may allow more time for stops and photo opportunities.

The entire route is a paved, two lane highway with access to a vast network of trails and recreational activities including hiking, climbing, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, horseback riding, off-road 4WD touring,and ATVs. The numerous lakes and streams ...

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