Colorado State Highway 13

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State Highway 13 marker

State Highway 13
Map of northwestern Colorado with SH 13 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length: 128.00 mi[1] (206.00 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-70 in Rifle
North end: WYO 789 near Baggs
Counties: Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 12 SH 14

State Highway 13 in the U.S. state of Colorado is a north–south mountain route that travels from Rifle to the Wyoming border near Baggs, Wyoming, through the Rocky Mountains.

Route description[edit]

Highway 13 as it enters Rio Blanco County

The route begins at a diamond interchange with Interstate 70 south of Rifle. It then crosses the Colorado River and intersects U.S. Highway 6 at the south side of Rifle. Along the north side of town the road turns slightly northeastward as it passes through the northern Rifle and into grassland,[2] where it intersects State Highway 325. As the road turns back northward and then slightly northwestward, the surrounding terrain turns into a more barren land dotted with occasional shrubs and grass.[2] As the road continues northwestward, the shrubs and trees become more dense along hillsides. SH 13 then crosses into Rio Blanco County, when the direction becomes straight north. SH 13 then interchanges with State Highway 64, which meets its east end here, and turns abruptly eastward. SH 13 then becomes Market Street as it cuts through the south side of Meeker, paralleling the White River. Following an intersection with a local road leading to Meeker Airport, the road again turns northward back into rural Rio Grande County.

Following several miles of barren land north of Meeker, SH 13 exits the White River Valley and enters mountainous terrain. The road then follows the Good Springs Creek valley to the Moffat county line. SH 13 continues through rural Moffat County and gradually turns eastward and again northward after a several miles. Near Hamilton, the route's next destination, the road meets State Highway 317 and turns slightly northwestward. After a distance winding through barren land, the road reaches Craig, where it meets U.S. Highway 40 and begins a short concurrency through the city. Following the overlap SH 13 again moves northward, out of town and along the Fortification Creek valley. Here fields, are located along the road, moving northwestward.[2] Eventually, after moving along several miles of road through farmland, the road reaches the Wyoming state line. The road continues as Wyoming Highway 789 to Baggs.


The route was established in the 1920s and was paved by 1947. Minor changes corrected the route to its current routing today by 1985.[3]

SH 13 was once cosigned as SH 789.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Garfield Rifle 0.000 0.000 I-70 – Denver, Grand Junction South end of route
0.545 0.877 US 6 – Glenwood Springs, Parachute
4.114 6.621 SH 325
Rio Blanco 39.010 62.781 SH 64
Moffat Hamilton 75.793 121.977 SH 317
Craig 88.635 142.644 US 40 – Vernal, Salt Lake West end of US 40 overlap
89.608 144.210 US 40 – Steamboat Springs, Denver East end of US 40 overlap
127.999 205.994 WYO 789 – Rawlins North end of route at the Wyoming state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 13". Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b c Microsoft; Nokia (2010-06-02). "Route Overview of SH 13" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  3. ^ Salek, Matthew E. (2014-11-08). "Colorado Routes 1-19". Retrieved 2015-05-23. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Colorado State Highway 13 at Wikimedia Commons

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