Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway

  • Start: Minturn, CO
  • End: Copper Mountain, CO
  • Last Modified: 2012-03-30 16:54:01
  • Total Mileage: 115 Miles
  • Number of stops: 18


With altitudes rarely falling below 9,000’, the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway is worthy of its name. The entire route is a paved, two-lane highway with access to a vast network of trails, national forests and recreational activities including hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, horseback riding, 4WD touring, golf and camping. Lakes and streams offer some of the finest trout fishing in the country, kayaking, canoeing or relaxing by the shores. Travelers exploring this route of towering peaks and broad valleys may spot wildlife, like bighorn sheep, antelope, foxes, deer, elk, pica, mountain goats and marmots. The drive starts from Copper Mountain on Highway 91, from Minturn on Highway 24, or from Aspen on Highway 82. Travelers cross the 10,424’ Tennessee Pass on Route 24 en route to the mining town of Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America. With a National Historic Landmark District of Victorian Architecture set against a backdrop of Colorado’s highest mountains, Leadville is the quintessential mountain town. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Elbert, the Twin Lakes area bursts with picture-perfect views of soaring peaks around the state’s largest glacial lakes. In May 2007, Independence Pass was added to the Byway. With a summit at 12,095’, this Pass connects Twin Lakes and Aspen during the summer. Ringed by 13,000’ peaks, it was named one of “America’s Prettiest Fall Drives” by The Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway is an extraordinary way to enjoy a Colorado Rocky Mountain adventure.

Stop #1:

Minturn, Colorado
Minturn, CO

Stop #2:

Town of Gilman
Minturn, CO

Stop #3:

Steel Arched Bridge
Red Cliff, CO

Stop #4:

Camp Hale and Pando Valley
Leadville, CO

Stop #5:

Ski Cooper and Chicago Ridge Ski Area
Leadville, CO

Stop #6:

Leadville, Colorado
Leadville, CO

Stop #7:

Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
Leadville, CO

Stop #10:

Hayden Ranch
Twin Lakes, CO

Stop #11:

Twin Lakes, Colorado
Twin Lakes, CO

Stop #13:

Interlaken Hotel and Resort
Twin Lakes, CO

Stop #14:

Independence Pass Summit
Aspen, CO

Stop #15:

Independence Ghost Town
Aspen, CO

Stop #16:

The Braille and Discovery Trails
Aspen, CO

Stop #17:

Mount of the Holy Cross and Kokomo Overlook
Copper Mountain, CO

Stop #18:

Copper Mountain Ski Resort
Copper Mountain, CO

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