Colo. Scenic & Historic Byways Celebrate 25 Years!
No doubt, you’ve seen the signs. For most local commuters, their relevancy flies by like the many other roadside signs declaring highway memorials or cleanup crews. But this year, Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways program is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has arguably earned a “pull over and check it out” status, even for locals.
It all started back in 1989, when Colorado began the Scenic and Historic Byways program to promote the state’s exceptional travel opportunities. This month, March 2014, actually marks 25 years for the program, an anniversary recently marked by Governor John Hickenlooper signing the proclamation last week at the State Capitol.
In fact, eleven of Colorado’s 25 byways are designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as America’s Byways®, which gives Colorado more national designations than any other state. All of these scenic highway routes have names highlighting their unique attributes and sights. For Leadville and Lake County it’s Top of the Rockies. That designation was established in 1998 by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation making it one of the eleven America’s Byways® designated in Colorado.
So be sure to take notice of these highway markers and enjoy your ride on the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway.
Want to find out more? Want to read all of the great scenic and historic information about the Top of the Rockies route that passes through Leadville and Lake County? LINK.