U.S. Route 34 in Colorado

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 34 in Colorado. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 34.

U.S. Route 34 marker

U.S. Route 34
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 259.529 mi[2] (417.671 km)
Existed: 1972[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 40 in Granby
  US 36 in Estes Park
US 287 in Loveland
I‑25 / US 87 near Loveland
US 85 in Greeley
US 6 / I‑76 in Fort Morgan
US 385 in Wray
East end: US 34 near Laird
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 30 SH 35

U.S. Route 34 in Colorado is a segment of U.S. Route 34. Its west end is at U.S. Highway 40 in Granby and its east end is at the Nebraska border east of Laird, Colorado.

Route description[edit]

View of US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, at an altitude above 11,000 feet

Granby to Rocky Mountain National Park[edit]

The route begins in Granby at US 40. It then follows the Colorado River Valley near Granby Lake and enters Arapaho National Recreational Area.[3]

Trail Ridge Road[edit]

Main article: Trail Ridge Road

After entering Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado's Front Range,[citation needed] US 34 follows the North Fork Colorado River through Kawuneeche Valley. It passes over Milner Pass and reaches the Alpine Visitor Center. Then it continues east, passing its highest point at 12,183 feet[4] near the Gore Range. It exits the park at US 36 at Deer Ridge Junction.

US 34 here is the highest continuous highway in the United States.[4]

This section of US 34 requires a $20 national park entrance fee, making this segment into a toll road.

Estes Park to Loveland[edit]

From here, it passes by Estes Park as Eisenhower Boulevard, has a business route and enters Loveland, becoming a four-lane expressway. Here, it intersects I-25 and U.S. Highway 287.

Greeley to Nebraska border[edit]

At Greeley, it passes by U.S. Highway 85 in a complex interchange[1] and U.S. 34 Business, and crosses the South Platte River. It also has an interchange with SH 257.[5] From here, it is no longer an expressway. It intersects SH 144 and SH 39, then joins I-76 at Wiggins. It leaves, and follows the North Fork Republican River east into Nebraska, where it intersects SH 71, SH 52, SH 63, SH 61, SH 59, and U.S. Highway 385.

History[edit]

Parts of the route were originally designated as US 38. US 34 was extended into Colorado in 1939.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] Destination Notes
Grand Granby 0.000 US 40 – Granby, Denver, Hot Sulphur Springs, Steamboat Springs West end of route
Grand Lake 14.683 West Portal Road - Grand Lake and Village former SH 278
Larimer Deer Ridge Junction (RMNP) 53.758 US 36 east – Moraine Park, Bear Lake, Estes Park
Rocky Mountain NP 55.546 Old Fall River Road - Endovalley
57.686 Fall River Entrance Station
Estes Park 60.965
US 34 Bus. east (Elkhorn Avenue)
62.081 MacGregor Avenue - Devils Gulch, Glen Haven former SH 262
62.507
US 36 / US 34 Bus. west (Elkhorn Avenue / St. Vrain Avenue) to SH 7 – Lyons
Drake 75.584 CR 43 – Glen Haven former SH 262
85.617 CR 27 – Masonville former SH 186
Loveland 91.924 US 287 south (Cleveland Avenue) – Longmont, Central Business District
92.009 US 287 north (Lincoln Avenue) – Ft. Collins
96.250 I‑25 (US 87) – Denver, Ft. Collins
Weld Greeley 102.476
US 34 Bus. east (10th Street) – Greeley
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
102.804 SH 257 – Windsor, Milliken
111.233 23rd Avenue / 27th Street
112.772
US 85 south / US 85 Bus. north (8th Avenue) – Denver, Greeley
West end of US 85 overlap
113.136 US 85 north – Cheyenne East end of US 85 overlap
115.411
US 34 Bus. west
117.251 CR 49 – Hudson, Keenesburg former SH 37 south
Kersey 119.178 CR 53 / 1st Street – Kersey former SH 37 north
Morgan 144.470 SH 144 – Orchard, Jackson Lake State Park
149.164 SH 39 / SH 52 – Goodrich, Wiggins
149.345 (034A)
66.288 (076A)
I‑76 west (US 6 west) – Denver Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; western end of I-76 overlap
73.130 Long Bridge Road I-76 exit 73; former SH 144
75.704 (076A)
158.794 (034B)
I‑76 east (US 6 east) Eastern end of I-76 overlap
Fort Morgan 162.962 SH 52 north (Main Street) to I‑76
Brush 172.414 SH 71 north (Colorado Avenue) to I‑76 West end of SH 71 overlap
173.570 SH 71 south – Last Chance, Limon
173.852 To US 6 / I‑76 – Sterling
Washington Akron 196.336 SH 63 (Cedar Avenue) – Sterling, Anton
Otis 209.305 SH 61 north (Dade Street) – Sterling
Yuma Yuma 223.345 SH 59 (Detroit Street) – Haxtun
Wray 249.931 US 385 (Dexter Street) – Holyoke
259.529 US 34 east Nebraska state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Estes Park business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 34 Business
Location: Estes Park
Length: 1.690 mi[2] (2.720 km)
Existed: 1964[6]–present

U.S. Highway 34 Business serves Estes Park, Colorado. Both of its termini are at US 34. The business route splits from the main route east of the Rocky Mountain National Park Fall River Entrance Station,[7] in the western city limits of Estes Park and enters town on West Elkhorn Avenue. The main route continues around the northern edge of Estes park on Wonderview Avenue, passing a large number of motels. At Moraine Avenue, It joins US 36 in downtown Estes Park. It returns to US 34 after about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) at an intersection with Wonderview Avenue, Big Thompson Avenue, and North St. Vrain Avenue. The business route was established in 1964.[6]

Entrance sign for Estes Park

The entire route is located in Larimer County.

Location Mile[2] Destination Notes
Estes Park 0.000 US 34 West end of bypass
1.306 US 36 Begin concurrency with US 36
1.690 US 34 with US 36 East end of bypass
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Salek, Matthew E. (January 30, 2010). "Colorado US 34". Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Segment Descriptions for Highway 34". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  3. ^ National Geographic (October 2006). The United States (Map).
  4. ^ a b "Destinations: Trail Ridge Road, Colorado". Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Interchange Information for Highway 034". Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Salek, Matthew E. (January 30, 2010). "Colo Hwys: US and SH Business Routes". Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ Sanderson, Dale (January 1, 2009). "Highway signs and endpoints in Estes Park". Retrieved March 25, 2010. 


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