U.S. Route 40 in Colorado

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 40 in Colorado. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 40.

U.S. Route 40 marker

U.S. Route 40
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 496.442 mi[1] (798.946 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US‑40 at the Utah state line
  US 34 near Granby
I‑70 / US 6 at Empire
SH 470 in Golden
US 287 from Denver to Kit Carson
I‑25 / US 85 / US 87 in Denver
I‑225 in Aurora
US 36 near Aurora
E-470 near Aurora
I‑70 from Watkins to Limon
US 385 at Cheyenne Wells
East end: US-40 east of Arapahoe at the Kansas state line
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 39 SH 41
View along US 40 in Mount Vernon Canyon, Colorado, 1942. Photo by Andreas Feininger.

In the U.S. state of Colorado, U.S. Route 40 is a major east–west route. It crosses the Rocky Mountains, passing over the Continental Divide at Berthoud Pass before descending to the front range. It then traverses through the Denver Metro Area, then exits by following I-70 and US 287. It is concurrent with US 287 for about 145 miles to Kit Carson. US 40 exits into Kansas east of Arapahoe in Cheyenne.

Route description[edit]

Entering Colorado to the south of Dinosaur National Monument, U.S. 40 runs east through the small town of Dinosaur along Brontosaurus Boulevard. The route continues a generally easterly course though Moffat and Routt counties, passing through several small communities along the way. It generally follows the course of the Yampa River. U.S. 40 becomes Lincoln Avenue as it runs through historic downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Taking a circuitous route through Rabbit Ears Pass, Muddy Pass and Berthoud Pass it descends the escarpment along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. Just to the east of Empire, it merges with Interstate 70 for the first time. US 40 and I-70 will frequently share pavement across the U.S. The route leaves I-70 at exit 244, to the west of Idaho Springs and rejoins it again at between exits 252 and 254 in El Rancho. It parallels I-70, mostly as a frontage road, until the intersection with State Highway 26 to the south of Golden[2][3]

Beginning in Golden, US 40 becomes Colfax Avenue, the main east–west thoroughfare through the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. Along with US 40, the entire route along Colfax Avenue is cosigned as Business Loop 70. The route travels northeast through Golden, then turns due east to travel through Lakewood, Denver, and Aurora. Among the sights to be seen along US 40 is Lake Steam Bath, once the location of a thriving health industry centered on tuberculosis sanatoriums. Also along Colfax Avenue in Denver is the Denver branch of the United States Mint, which produces 50 million coins per day. US 40 rejoins I-70 at exit 288, just to the east of Aurora.[3][4][5]

At exit 359 in Limon, US 40 leaves I-70 along Main Street, which it shares with Business Loop 70, US 24, US 287, and SH 71. US 40/US 287 continues to the southeast to the town of Kit Carson. From there, it leaves US 287 and continues east through the towns of Cheyenne Wells and Arapahoe before entering the state of Kansas.[3][4]


Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[6] km Destinations Notes
Moffat   0.000 0.000 US‑40 west – Utah
Dinosaur 2.913 4.688 SH 64 east (Stegosaurus Freeway) – Rangely
Blue Mountain 11.018 17.732 CR 134 – Rangely former SH 387
Maybell 59.781 96.208 SH 318 west – Sunbeam
Craig 89.322 143.750 SH 13 south / CR 7 – Meeker West end of SH 13 overlap; former SH 355 north
90.531 145.696 SH 394 south (Ranney Street) former SH 13 south
90.838 146.190 SH 13 north (Yampa Avenue) - Baggs, WY East end of SH 13 overlap
Routt Steamboat Springs 130.773 210.459 CR 129 (Elk River Road) – Clark, Hahns Peak, Steamboat Lake State Park, Pearl Lake State Park former SH 129
134.414 216.318 Mt. Werner Road Interchange
  136.515 219.700 SH 131 south – Oak Creek, Wolcott, Stagecoach Reservoir State Park
Grand
No major junctions
154.070 247.952 Rabbit Ears Pass summit (Continental Divide)
Jackson
  157.327 253.193 SH 14 east – Walden
157.512 253.491 Muddy Pass summit (Continental Divide)
Grand
  178.257 286.877 SH 134 west – Toponas, Stagecoach Reservoir State Park
Kremmling 184.529 296.971 SH 9 south (6th Street) – Dillon
  209.165 336.618 SH 125 north – Walden
Granby 211.081 339.702 US 34 east – Grand Lake, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho National Forest
242.972 391.026 Berthoud Pass summit (Continental Divide)
Clear Creek
  257.684
232.333
414.702
373.904
I‑70 west (US 6 west) – Georgetown West end of I-70/US 6 overlap
  232.333–
244.260
373.904–
393.098
See I-70 for exits
  244.260
257.146
393.098
413.836
I‑70 east – Denver East end of I-70 overlap; no access from US 40 west to I-70 east
  257.751
269.441
414.810
433.623
US 6 east to SH 119 – Blackhawk, Central City, Golden East end of US 6 overlap
  271.489 436.919 To I‑70 west / Beaver Brook Drive – Floyd Hill
Jefferson   272.552 438.630 To I‑70 east
  276.180 444.469 I‑70 west
  276.920
0.374
445.660
0.602
SH 74 east (Evergreen Parkway) – Evergreen
  0.194
251.318
0.312
404.457
I‑70 west West end of I-70 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  252.244 405.947 Chief Hosa I-70 exit 253
  253.528
279.244
408.014
449.400
I‑70 east East end of I-70 overlap
  280.570 451.534 Lookout Mountain Road - Buffalo Bill's Grave & Museum, Lookout Mountain Nature Center, Boettcher Mansion former SH 68
  281.977 453.798 To I‑70 / Grapevine Road
Golden 284.888 458.483 I‑70 Bus. west / CR 93 to I‑70 West end of I-70 Bus. overlap; former SH 26 (older SH 93 south)
285.716 459.815 Heritage Road former SH 93 north
286.871 461.674 US 6 (6th Avenue) to SH 470 – Golden, Central City
  287.903 463.335 I‑70
Lakewood 291.444 469.034 SH 391 (Kipling Street)
292.943 471.446 SH 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard)
294.273 473.586 SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard)
City and County of Denver
296.157 476.618 US 287 north / SH 88 south (Federal Boulevard) West end of US 287 overlap; interchange
296.792 477.640 I‑25 (US 85 / US 87) / Auraria Parkway – Colorado Springs, Fort Collins
300.625 483.809 SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard)
AdamsArapahoe Aurora 306.341 493.008 I‑225 to I‑70
312.142
288.219
502.344
463.844
I‑70 (US 36 west) – Denver West end of I-70 / US 36 overlap; east end of I-70 Bus. overlap; no access from US 40 east to I-70 west
    288.219–
359.499
463.844–
578.558
See I-70 for exits
Lincoln Limon 359.499
0.498
578.558
0.801
I‑70 east West end of I-70 Bus. overlap; east end of I-70 overlap
376.714 606.262 US 24 west – Colorado Springs West end of US 24 overlap
377.668 607.798 SH 71 south West end of SH 71 overlap
378.795 609.611 SH 71 north (1st Avenue) – Brush East end of SH 71 overlap
379.193 610.252 I‑70
  380.464
386.010
612.297
621.223
I‑70 (US 24 east) East end of I-70 Bus./US 24 overlap
  397.833 640.250 CR 109 – Genoa former SH 109 north
Hugo 399.092 642.276 Third Avenue former SH 109 south
Cheyenne Aroya 425.472 684.731 SH 94 west – Colorado Springs
Kit Carson 445.142 716.387 SH 59 north – Seibert
  446.051 717.850 US 287 south – Eads East end of US 287 overlap
Cheyenne Wells 470.311 756.892 US 385 north (5th Street) – Burlington West end of US 385 overlap
  470.885 757.816 US 385 south – Sheridan Lake East end of US 385 overlap
  486.924 783.628 US-40 east – Kansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Related U.S. Routes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway Data, accessed July 2007
  2. ^ Brusca, Frank X. (2002). "US 40 Scrapbook: Colorado". U.S. Route 40: America's Golden Highway. route40.net. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Salek, Matthew E. (2006). "US 40". Colorado Highways. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  4. ^ a b Mapsource. Garmin Ltd. 2003. 
  5. ^ Royston, Reggie (2001). "Denver's Road of Riches: Colfax Avenue". National Geographic News. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  6. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway Data Explorer, accessed November 2013


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