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Great drive

We left the Great Sand dunes in the morning and casually went up the byway; stopping many times to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
joedvet
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Arlington, Texas
The entire route is a paved, two lane highway

With altitudes seldom dipping below 9,000 feet, this byway earns its name! The route crosses the... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
WorldTravelers34
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Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We left the Great Sand dunes in the morning and casually went up the byway; stopping many times to explore various towns on the way. Some traffic but not like near Denver.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

With altitudes seldom dipping below 9,000 feet, this byway earns its name! The route crosses the Continental Divide twice and traces the Arkansas River. It is a fun drive where you can visit historic mining railroad towns en route to historic Leadville, the highest incorporated...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank WorldTravelers34
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway delivers amazing scenery as one travels the highway. Yes, one can make stops &/or detours and side trips from the road, but if there is no time for such there is plenty to see from the road that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank kayw208
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We drove US # 24 from Leadville to I-70 in mid September. The Aspens Leaves were at peak. They were stunningly beautiful. Not a lot of traffic.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

The drive up to Independence Pass was incredible but scary! Take your time going down the mountain into Aspen as the road narrows in many spots.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank amstron
Reviewed July 4, 2018

This is a spectacular drive, one of our very favorites in Colorado. The stretch from Leadville to Minturn has several great scenic vistas. A fairly easy drive, nothing treacherous. Beautiful in the fall.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank DCfromKC
Reviewed December 14, 2017

Beautiful scenic drive. We were there in October and the weather was perfect! I highly recommend making your way up there!

Date of experience: October 2017
5  Thank Tanyabwilson
Reviewed December 13, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the drive from Leadeville to this place, you passed through gold mines that are abandoned and the functioned back in the 1800s, you can snap a lot of pictures on the way there once you reach your destination please make sure that you...More

Date of experience: December 2017
5  Thank bryanmantezoni
Reviewed October 12, 2017

This is the highway is the highest paved highway in the United States, a little above 12,000 feet. It goes through the spectacular Independence Pass along the headwaters of the Arkansas River. In the spring and summer it is surrounded by wildflowers and beautiful vegetation....More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank dachinoy
Reviewed September 22, 2017

This route is very scenic, with many ups, downs, and curves. We saw an old mining town near Minturn which is now a ghost town. If you enjoy breathtaking Colorado scenery, this is a great route.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank rob77ohio
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Coming from sea level walking around was a little harder, but I didn't get sick. Just remember to stay hydrated, by drinking a lot of water. It was a very unique town!
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