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Driving Tour of Colorado

See these great Colorado destinations from your car or RV and find some of the best of Colorado.

Silverton -You can go on a mapped jeep route that includes historical information and the directions to many mines and ghost towns. (1-800-752-4494) If you want to enjoy Colorado’s wildest backcountry, travel Red Mountain Pass as it winds around the San Juan Mountains. You will be in awe of its deep gorges, crashing falls, and elevations of as much as 11,075 feet. The Pass is a favorite of hikers, rock climbers, and ski enthusiast. You will also see abandoned log cabins and mining equipment from this lofty height.

Aspen - For an incredible view ofthe rocky summits, gorgeous forest and snow-covered peaks, take a drive along Highway 82 through Independence Pass. However, if you are afraid of heights, you may not want to embark along the adrenaline producing cliff hanging roads. As you travel America’s highest road ways at 12,095 feet, you will be enthralled by the breathtaking scenery along the way. When you reach its peak, be sure to stop and take in the view and walk the short trail.


Montrose - Owl Creek Pass can be reached by driving 23 miles south on highway 55, then going 7 miles East along Cow Creek to Dobbie’s Park. Here you will see where Debbie Reynolds was filmed for How the West Was Won. As you continue 8 miles to Owl Creek Pass, you will find Silver Jack Reservoir where you can enjoy fishing and hiking. An additional 20 miles north, and you will find Highway 50. This is a picturesque route, but not one recommended for large trucks or RVs.

Pogosa Springs - For a stunning drive across the Continental Divide travel northeast on Highway 160 and 84 towards Wolf Creek Pass. If you come from the east you will go through the Rio Grande National Forest (South Fork) and from the west you will pass through the San Juan National Forest. For finest sights and color, this route is best travelled in the fall.

Steamboat Springs - There are three scenic drives which offer phenomenal views of Colorado’s wilderness. You may choose the Fish Cree Fall which is 3 miles east, Buffalo Pass which is 15 miles northeast or the Rabbit Ears Pass which runs 22 miles southeast.

Photo Credits: Banner Photo by BL Murch ; Silverton in Winter by Colin ; Happy kids by Sharkey ; Skewed by Nicholas T