US 40 to Steamboat Springs

US 40 to Steamboat Springs

Deadman Lake on Corona Pass, CO
Deadman Lake on Corona Pass Rd

Highlights:

  • America's BywayColorado Scenic BywayColorado River Headwaters SB
  • Fall ColorsColorado River Headwaters SB
  • FlowersJones Pass Rd – Colorado River Headwaters SB
  • Scenic vistasTrain RelicsCorona Pass Rd

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Jones Pass

Great vistas and wildflowers.

A snowfield closes the road on Jones Pass, near Empire, Colorado.

How to get there:

Nine miles west of Empire, just past Berthoud Falls, turn left onto the Henderson Mine Rd and continue 1.8 miles to CR202, just before the mine entrance.

  • From I-70/C470 to CR 202
  • 38 miles 45 mins
  • GPS
  • CR 202
  • 39.7716 -105.8455

In General:ATVs Allowed - Check Regulations4wd high clearance vehicle requiredCampgroundHiking Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 4 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 30 mins

The easy, slightly rough 4wd road travels above the Henderson Mine to the summit of Jones Pass (12,453 ft).

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Corona Pass

Also known as Rollins Pass West

The Riflesight Notch railroad trestle on Corona Pass near Winter Park, Colorado.

How to get there:

The Corona Pass Rd begins on the north side of US40, just west of the Winter Park ski resort.

  • From I-70/C470 to CR 80
  • 54 miles 1 hr
  • GPS
  • US 40/CR 80
  • 39.8976
  • -105.7695

In General:ATVs Allowed - Check Regulations4wd high clearance vehicle requiredFishing Available Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 14 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour

In good conditions, this road is passable by most 2wd passenger vehicles. For the most part, it follows the grade of the former Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway to the site of a small rail stop called Corona at the top of the pass.

The Boulder Wagon Rd is significantly more difficult than the Corona Pass Rd and will likely challenge 4wd, high clearance vehicles without lo range.

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CO River Headwaters Grand Lake

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

From Grand Lake to Kremmling to State Bridge.America's BywayScenic Byway

The Kremmling Cliffs from the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway.
Kremmling Cliffs by Jean Landess

How to get there:

The Byway is reached at the intersection of US 40/US 34 in the town of Granby.

  • From I-70/C470 to Granby
  • 74 miles 1 hr 30 mins
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 40.0906 -105.9586

In General:CampgroundFishing AvailableKayaking/River Rafting

  • Length: 68 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hr 30 mins

From Grand Lake in the north, the Byway follows US 34 to Granby, then US 40 through Hot Sulphur Springs and Parshall to Kremmling. At Kremmling, it follows SH 9 south to the unpaved portion of the route, CR 1, the Trough Rd, and ends at the intersection with SH 131 in State Bridge. The Trough Rd is well maintained and, in good conditions, passable by 2wd passenger vehicles.

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