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Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway
Colorado River

The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway meanders alongside the Upper Colorado River, beginning in Rocky Mountain National Park and extending to State Bridge. Various river access points provide endless options for boating and fishing. Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant throughout the scenic landscapes, which include rock formations representing millions of years of erosion. As the name implies, Hot Sulphur Springs features outstanding hot springs. Visitors looking for a multi-day trip can stop at the developed campgrounds at Pumphouse and Radium.

Total Length:  80 miles

  • Byway
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Heritage tourism
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Water recreation
  • Wildlife viewing

Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Boating outfitters
  • Boat launches at Confluence, Pumphouse, Radium and State Bridge
  • Hot springs at Hot Sulphur Springs
  • Developed campgrounds at Pumphouse and Radium
  • Drinking water at Pumphouse
  • Information kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Parking areas
  • Available in Eagle, Granby, Grand Lake, Gypsum, Hot Sulpher Springs, Kremmling and Vail: lodging, restaurants and shops.

Directions:  To follow the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, begin in Grand Lake and travel south on US-34. At Granby, turn right onto US-40. At Kremmling, turn left onto 6th Street/Highway 9. After crossing the river, turn right onto County Road 1/Trough Road and continue until reaching State Bridge, where the Byway ends.