U.S. Route 6 in Colorado

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 6 in Colorado. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 6.

U.S. Route 6 marker

U.S. Route 6
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 467.284 mi[1] (752.021 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑70 / US‑6 / US‑50 at Utah state line
 

US 50 in Grand Junction
US 24 in Minturn
US 40 near Empire
SH 470 near Golden
I‑25 / US 85 / US 87 / US 287 in Denver
I‑270 in Commerce City
I‑76 from Commerce City to Fort Morgan
US 34 in Fort Morgan

US 385 in Holyoke
East end: US 6 at Nebraska state line
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 5 SH 7

In the U.S. state of Colorado, U.S. Route 6 (US 6) is an east–west highway stretching from Utah to Nebraska. Much of the route overlaps other highways in Colorado, and as a result, much of US 6 is unsigned.

Route description[edit]

US 6 is concurrent with Interstate 70 for a significant portion of its length from the Utah state line to Denver. Within the city limits, US 6 follows Denver's 6th Avenue (known as "6th Avenue Freeway"). The highway then travels north briefly, and follows Interstate 76 for most of its length east of Denver. It is unsigned while it is overlapped. The highest altitude along US 6 is 11,990 feet (3,650 m) at Loveland Pass, where it crosses the Continental Divide. It continues down Clear Creek Valley until it reaches I-70, where it is briefly overlapped until I-70 leaves Clear Creek Valley. US 6 continues down Clear Creek and into Denver, where it turns into a freeway with 6 lanes. East of Denver, it continues east while joined with I-76 until it reaches Sterling, where it diverges from the interstate. The last town in Colorado it passes is Holyoke.

Major intersections[edit]

Note: only major junctions are shown on overlaps with Interstate Highways.
County Location Mile[1] #(for overlaps) Destinations Notes
Mesa 0.000 I‑70 / US‑6 / US‑50 west – Salina Utah state line; western terminus of US 6 in Colorado
Mack 11.212 11 I‑70 west – Salina East end of I-70 overlap
Loma 15.132 15 SH 139 north – Loma, Rangely
Fruita 19.781 19 SH 340 east- Colorado National Monument, Redlands
Grand Junction 25.998 26 I‑70 east – Denver East end of I-70 overlap
27.885 F Road
28.006 24 Road north, Redland Parkway south
29.125 25 Road
30.270 I‑70 Bus. east / US 50 – Delta East end of US 50 overlap
34.375 I‑70 Bus. west West end of I-70 Bus. overlap
Clifton 36.442 SH 141 south
36.885 F Road
37.651 44 I‑70 west – Grand Junction West end of I-70 overlap
45.332 46 Cameo
46.867 47 Road E Former port of entry
49.015 49 SH 65 east – Grand Mesa
61.648 62 De Beque
Garfield Parachute 75.152 75 Parachute, Battlement Mesa
81.236 81 Rulison
86.850 87 I‑70 east – Denver East end of I-70 overlap
Rifle 90.422 SH 13 north – Rifle, Meeker
109.000 I‑70 west – Grand Junction West end of I-70 overlap
111.328 111 South Canyon Creek Road
Glenwood Springs 114.295 114 West Glenwood
116.380 116 SH 82 – Glenwood Springs, Aspen
118.640 119 No Name
120.954 121 Grizzly Creek – Hanging Lake
122.588 123 Shoshone Access Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
124.970 125 Hanging Lake Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Hanging Lake Tunnel
128.314 129 Bair Ranch Road
Eagle 133.384 133 Dotsero
139.533 140 I‑70 east – Denver East end of I-70 overlap
158.111 SH 131 north – Wolcott
159.002 SH 131 south- To I-70
174.54 171 I‑70 west / US 24 east – Minturn, Leadville West end of I-70 overlap
Vail 173.319 173 West Vail
175.872 176 Vail Ski Area – Vail Museum
179.866 180 East Vail
Summit 190.095 190 Vail Pass, Shrine Pass Road
195.298 195 SH 91 south – Copper Mountain, Leadville
198.254 198 Officers Gulch
Frisco 200.995 201 Main Street
202.352 203 SH 9 south – Frisco, Breckenridge West end of SH 9 overlap
Silverthorne 205.423 205 I‑70 east / SH 9 north – Dillon, Silverthorne East end of I-70 overlap
Clear Creek 229.325 I‑70 west – Grand Junction West end of I-70 overlap
218.346 218 Herman Gulch Road
221.297 221 Bakerville
Silver Plume 225.719 226 Silver Plume
Georgetown 227.910 228 Georgetown
231.889 232 US 40 west – Empire, Granby West end of US 40 overlap
233.047 233 Lawson Eastbound exit only
234.209 234 Downieville, Lawson
235.005 235 Dumont Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
237.660 238 Fall River Road
Idaho Springs 238.885 239 I‑70 Bus. east – Idaho Springs
239.652 240 SH 103 south – Mount Evans
241.125 241 I‑70 Bus. west Signed as exit 241A (I-70 Bus.) and exit 241B (E Idaho Springs Road) eastbound
242.980 243 Hidden Valley, Central City
251.001 I‑70 east / US 40 East end of I-70/US 40 overlap
257.296 SH 119 north – Central City
Jefferson Golden 271.60 SH 58 east / SH 93 north – Golden, Boulder
273.397 SH 470 east – Colorado Springs
275.12 US 40 (Colfax Avenue)
275.656 SH 470 – Colorado Springs West end of 6th Ave freeway
276.003 I‑70 – Grand Junction, Denver
Lakewood 276.998 Indiana Street
277.002 Union Boulevard, Simms Street
277.31 SH 391 (Kipling Street)
278.795 Garrison Street
280.83 SH 121 (Wadsworth Blvd)
281.984 SH 95 (Sheridan Blvd)
282.33 Knox Court
Denver Denver 283.86 SH 88 (Federal Blvd)
284.47 I‑25 – Colorado Springs East end of 6th Ave freeway/South end of I-25 overlap
286.272 209C 8th Avenue
287.310 210A US 40 (Colfax Avenue, I-70 Bus./US 287) – Downtown Denver
287.661 210C Auraria Parkway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
288.008 210B 17th Avenue Southbound exit (to 20th Avenue) is via exit 211
289.167 211 23rd Avenue
289.985 212 Speer Boulevard – Downtown Denver Signed as exits 212A (south) and 212B (north)
290.425 212C 20th Street
291.479 213 Park Avenue, West 38th Avenue
290.090 I‑25 – Fort Collins
292.090 214A I‑70 – Limon, Grand Junction North end of I-25 overlap/West end of I-70 overlap
292.815 275A Washington Street Eastbound signed exit 274
293.226 275B SH 265 north (Brighton Boulevard)
292.661 275C York Street / Josephine Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
293.194 276A I‑70 east / US 85 north East end of I-70 overlap (final)
Adams Commerce City 294 I‑270 – Limon
294.550 SH 2 east
295.995 I‑76 west – Arvada West end of I-76 overlap
296.466 10 88th Avenue
297.114 11 96th Avenue
298.345 12 US 85 north – Greeley, Brighton East end of US 85 overlap; no eastbound entrance
Commerce City 302.285 16 SH 2 (Sable Boulevard) / 120th Avenue – Denver International Airport
304.661 18 E-470 south – Limon, Airport Sign.svg Denver International Airport Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Brighton 305.219 20 136th Avenue
307.828 21 144th Avenue
308.626 22 Bromley Lane
310.994 25 SH 7 west – Lochbuie, Brighton
Weld Hudson 316.269 31 SH 52 – Hudson, Fort Lupton
319.220 34 Kersey Road
324.160 39 Keenesburg (I-76 Bus. south)
333.302 48 Roggen
334.007 49 Painter Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
342.652 57 County Road 91
345.225 60 SH 144 east – Orchard
Morgan 348.226 64 Wiggins Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
350.314 66A SH 39 / SH 52 – Goodrich, Wiggins
350.535 66B US 34 west – Greeley, Estes Park West end of US 34 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
357.219 73 Long Bridge Road
359.789 75 US 34 east / I‑76 Bus. east – Fort Morgan East end of US 34 overlap
364.054 79 SH 144 – Weldona
Fort Morgan 365.243 80 SH 52
366.993 82 Barlow Road – Fort Morgan
370.076 86 Dodd Bridge Road
373.368 89 Hospital Road
375.042 90 SH 71 to US 34 – Brush, Akron, Limon, Snyder Signed as exits 90A (south) and 90B (north)
379.192 I‑76 east – Sterling East end of US I-76 overlap
Logan Atwood 405.187 SH 63 south – Akron
Sterling 412.061 SH 14 west – Fort Collins
412.689 US 138.svg US 138 east- Julesburg
414.116 I‑76 west – Fort Morgan, Julesburg
414.317 SH 61 south – Otis
Fleming 431.121 SH 55 north
Phillips Haxtun 444.295 SH 59 – Yuma, Sedgwick
Holyoke 457.213 US 385 – Wray, Julesburg
467.284 US 6 east – Imperial Nebraska state line; eastern terminus of US 6 in Colorado
The 6th Avenue Freeway in Denver, Colorado, looking east from Knox Court.

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Colorado Highways: US 6


U.S. Route 6
Previous state:
Utah
Colorado Next state:
Nebraska