Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway

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Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway
Route information
Length: 50.4 mi[1] (81.1 km)
Major junctions
South end: SH 65 (South Grand Mesa Drive) in Cedaredge
  SH 330 southeast of De Beque
North end: I‑70 / US 6 south of De Beque
Counties: Delta, Mesa
Highway system
Colorado State Highways

Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, also known at the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway, is a scenic byway in Colorado.

Route description[edit]

The byway runs north from Cedaredge along Highway 65, to the top of the Grand Mesa at more than 10,000 feet (3,000 m). It also includes Land's End Road to the Land's End Observatory from Highway 65. The byway continues past Island Lake, one of more than 300 trout-filled lakes in Grand Mesa National Forest. On the north side of the Mesa are the towns of Mesa, Collbran, and Powderhorn Ski Resort.[2][3] The byway continues along De Beque Canyon, with its colorful sandstone bluffs, and eventually meets Interstate 70 in the town of De Beque.

Grand Mesa and Mt. Garfield, near Grand Junction, Colorado

Historic and scenic byway designations:

Scenic Overlooks include:

  • Cedaredge overlook - an easy access overlook
  • Land O Lakes overlook - a 1/4 mile moderate walk by foot
  • Island Lake - an easy access overlook with restrooms and accessible boat ramp
  • Grand Mesa Visitor Center - easy to moderate access with restrooms
  • Mesa Lakes Lodge area - an easy to moderate access with restrooms
  • Jumbo Lakes area - an easy access overlook with restrooms
  • Skyway Point - an easy access
  • Powderhorn - an easy access overlook with restrooms
  • I-70 pullout and interpretation information[3]
Cliff edge on Grand Mesa
Observatory located on the western edge of the Grand Mesa
A view of the highway near mile marker 58, or about 3.5 miles from Interstate-70.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Delta Cedaredge 0.0 0.0 SH 65 south
Mesa   40.2 64.7 SH 330 east
  50.4 81.1 I‑70 / US 6
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing