Central Rockies West


Colorado Central Rockies West
  • Primary access from Denver Metro is I-70.
  • State Highways 82 – 133 – 65 and US 50 provide access to the interior of the region.
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I-70 West

Rattlesnake Canyon from the trail.
Rattlesnake Canyon from the trail.


  • WaterfallsHanging Lake is unique and beautiful – Rifle Falls
  • Fall ColorsGrand Mesa
  • Scenic vistas450 ft tall Independence Monument in the Colorado NM – Natural stone arches in Rattlesnake Canyon
  • FlowersRifle Falls – Grand Mesa
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Top of the Rockies

Maroon Bells reflected in Maroon Lake.
Maroon Bells


  • Fall ColorsAlong the entire route
  • FlowersIndependence Pass – Maroon Bells
  • WaterfallsThe Grottos area along Independence Pass
  • Scenic vistasThe Maroon Bells reflected in Maroon Lake – Ptarmigan Pass
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West Elk Loop

Fall foliage near Marble, Colorado
Fall foliage near Marble


  • Historical Site or BuildingsThe photogenic Mill on the Crystal River
  • WildlifeBlack Canyon-North Rim – Marble/Crystal Mill
  • FlowersMarble/Crystal Mill
  • Scenic vistasBlack Canyon of the Gunnison from the North Rim overlooks
  • Boat TourBoat tour on the Morrow Point reservoir in the Curecanti NRA