U.S. Route 160 in Colorado

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U.S. Route 160 marker

U.S. Route 160
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length 490.0 mi (788.6 km)
Existed 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end US 160 at the New Mexico state line
 
East end US-160 at the Kansas state line
Highway system
Colorado State Highways

U.S. Highway 160 (US 160) is the portion of an east–west freeway in Colorado that starts at the New Mexico state line southwest of Cortez and ends at the Kansas state line east of Springfield.

Route description[edit]

US 160 enters Colorado near the Four Corners Monument. It goes northeast and intersects US 491, then turns north to enter Cortez with US 491. East of Cortez, a road leads south from US 160 to Mesa Verde National Park. It continues east to Durango, where it intersects US 550. After overlapping with US 550 south of Durango, US 160 turns east and meets US 84 at Pagosa Springs. It then goes northeast and crosses the Continental Divide at Wolf Creek Pass, the area made popular in 1975 in C.W. McCall's album Wolf Creek Pass.

From Wolf Creek Pass, US 160 continues northeast and turns east at South Fork. At Monte Vista, an overlap begins with US 285, which continues southeast into Alamosa. It turns east, then goes northeast to go through North La Veta Pass, then continues east to Walsenburg, where it intersects Interstate 25 (I-25).

From Walsenberg, US 160 continues south with I-25 to Trinidad, then turns northeast to intersect US 350. It continues east, passing through the Comanche National Grassland before intersecting the concurrent US 287 and US 385 south of Springfield. It continues east and enters Kansas east of Walsh.

History[edit]

U.S. Route 164
Location Flagstaff, AZCortez, CO
Existed 1964–1970

As commissioned in 1930 the western terminus was Trinidad.[1] In 1939, US 160 absorbed all of former route U.S. Route 450 which ran from US 50 at Crescent Junction, Utah to US 85 at Walsenburg.[2]

In 1970, many US Highways in the Four Corners region were realigned. US 160 was diverted southwesterly from Cortez to follow its present route past the Four Corners into Arizona, absorbing the route numbered U.S. Route 164.[3]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Montezuma0.00.0 US 160 west – Four CornersContinuation into New Mexico
4.97.9 SH 41
18.229.3 US 491 – ShiprockWestern terminus of US 491 concurrency
Cortez37.961.0 US 491 – MonticelloEastern terminus of US 491 concurrency
40.364.9 SH 145 – Telluride
Mancos54.687.9
US 160 Bus.
56.090.1 SH 184 – Dolores
57.091.7
US 160 Bus.
La PlataHesperus72.7117.0 SH 140 – Kline, Redmesa
Durango83.2133.9 US 550 – SilvertonWestern terminus of US 550 concurrency
83.9135.0 SH 3
85.9138.2 SH 3
87.6141.0 US 550 – BloomfieldEastern terminus of US 550 concurrency
90.6145.8 SH 172 – OxfordAccess to Durango-La Plata County Airport
Bayfield100.6161.9
US 160 Bus.
102.7165.3
US 160 Bus.
Archuleta126.1202.9 SH 151 – Arboles
Pagosa Springs143.5230.9 US 84 – Santa Fe
Mineral
No major junctions
Rio GrandeSouth Fork184.9297.6 SH 149 – Rio Grande National Forest
Del Norte200.9323.3 SH 112 – Center
Monte Vista214.5345.2 US 285 / SH 15 – Denver, La JaraWestern terminus of US 285 concurrency
AlamosaAlamosa231.6372.7 US 285 / SH 17 – Santa Fe, La JaraEastern terminus of US 285 concurrency; western terminus of SH 17 concurrency
Alamosa East232.8374.7 SH 17 – HooperEastern terminus of SH 17 concurrency
AlamosaCostilla
county line
246.7397.0 SH 150 – Great Sand Dunes National Park
CostillaFort Garland257.1413.8 SH 159 – San Luis
Huerfano292.9471.4 SH 12 – La Veta
Walsenburg304.1489.4 I-25 Bus.Western terminus of I-25 Bus. concurrency
304.3489.7 I-25 Bus.Eastern terminus of I-25 Bus. concurrency
305.2491.2 I-25 / US 85 / US 87 / SH 10 – Denver, La JuntaWestern terminus of I-25 / US 85 / US 87 concurrency; I-25 exit 50
See I-25
Las AnimasTrinidad340.4547.8 I-25 / US 85 / US 87 / SH 239 – Santa Fe, El MoroEastern terminus of I-25 / US 85 / US 87 concurrency; I-25 exit 15
341.2549.1 SH 12 – Cuchara
346.6557.8 US 350 – La JuntaAccess to Perry Stokes Airport
375.8604.8 SH 389 – Branson
409.5659.0 SH 109 – La Junta
BacaSpringfield457.1735.6 US 287 / US 385 – Amarillo, Odessa, Denver, Lamar
490.0788.6 US-160 east – Johnson CityContinuation into Kansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Highway Ends by Dale Sanderson (Mapguy), Last Retrieved September 25, 2007[self-published source]
  2. ^ U.S. Highway Ends by Dale Sanderson (Mapguy), Last Retrieved September 25, 2007[self-published source]
  3. ^ U.S. Highway Ends by Dale Sanderson (Mapguy), Last Retrieved September 25, 2007[self-published source]
U.S. Route 160
Previous state:
New Mexico
Colorado Next state:
Kansas