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Colorado River Headwaters Byway Map


This beautiful byway drive follows the beginnings of the great Colorado River, taking you past several lakes and reservoirs, pristine forests and ranchlands, and narrow canyons. There is year-round recreation to be enjoyed along the route and plenty of wildlife and fantastic mountain views to behold.

80 miles / 128 km, Grand Lake to Bond, CO

Key Attractions

  • Fishing, sailing, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, hot springs, and hiking all available along the route – seasonal activities

  • Hot Sulphur Springs Resort offers hot, soothing, mineral water to relax and ease visitors’ ailments – used anciently by Ute Indians, now a fine, modern resort offering lodging, indoor, and outdoor pools

  • Several beautiful lakes (such as Lake Granby, Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake, Williams Fork Reservoir) exist along the river, surrounded by pristine wilderness and fantastic Colorado mountain views

  • The Colorado river itself – visitors are able to see part of the evolution of the West’s greatest river – from small stream to deep current


  • Byway begins in Grand Lake, CO – northern Colorado – and ends near Bond, CO

  • To drive the byway:

    • Begin the drive just to the west side of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce building

    • Head southwest along US-34 until you reach US-40

    • At this junction, continue along US-40 through Sulphur Springs to CO-9 (or 6th St in Kremling, CO)

    • Continue southwest along CO-9 until reaching CO-131, the end of the byway

    • 104 miles northwest of Denver, CO; directions from Denver:

    • From 4600 Washington St Denver, CO (N 39.780° W 104.979°), take I-70 west out of Denver

    • Stay to the right of I-70 and merge onto US-40 west

    • Keep on US-40 until you reach the intersection with US-34 

    • Follow US-34 until you reach Grand Lake, CO – the byway starts at the Grand Lake Visitor’s Center - N 40.255° W 105.825°

  • Gas, lodging, shopping, restrooms, and food are available in several locations along the way
  • Camping locations are available in Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho National Recreation Area, and Pioneer Park in Hot Sulphur Springs
  • The road between Kremmling and the State Bridge (near Bond) at the end of the byway is not accessible to buses or large RV’s

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