Colorado byways: a guide through scenic and historic by Thomas Patrick Huber

By Thomas Patrick Huber

Landscapes of Colorado rank as probably the most surprising, diverse, and expansive of any of the fifty states. The professional Scenic and ancient Byways, so certain by means of the Colorado division of Transportation, are linear slices via those landscapes that provide travelers and citizens alike the chance to adventure the genuine Colorado. "Colorado Byways: A advisor via Scenic and ancient Landscapes" brings the normal and human tales of those twenty-one precise byways into concentration - to supply a deeper appreciation of them. every one direction is defined within the context of its actual and human geographical surroundings, highlighting the essence of place.The publication bargains a distinct examine the out-of-the-way landscapes that make Colorado detailed. The byways diversity from the surprising San Juan Skyway to the traditionally vital Santa Fe path, from the exhilarating heights of the Alpine Loop to the wealthy cultures of Los Caminos Antiguos. every one byway bankruptcy contains a narrative at the route's distinctive personality, a highway log with certain directions on find out how to negotiate the byway, and knowledge on numerous features of its usual and human landscapes.

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6Whitmore Falls is to the south (right). 3Capital City was founded in 1877. , also known as Colorado Hwy. 7Junction with Hinsdale Co. Rd. 9Junction with Hinsdale Co. Rd. 33; stay on Co. Rd. 30 straight ahead. 8Note the extensive wetland at the south end of Lake San Cristobal to the east (left). 7Junction with Co. Rd. 33 again; continue straight ahead on Co. Rd. 3In front of you are Jones Peak (13,860 feet) to the left and Handies Peak (14,048 feet) to the right. 6Junction with Hinsdale Co. Rd. 7Here typical San Juan Mountain volcanic rock overlies the normal sequence of the geologic column for the region.

To drive this short leg, turn northwest (left) onto Hwy. ***Spur route out Colorado Hwy. 41. S. Hwy. 160 and Colorado Hwy. 41. 6This route segment ends at the Utah border. S. Hwy. 666; turn north (left) as Hwy. 666 and Hwy. 9Junction with the road to Towaoc; stay on Hwy. 160/666. 3The route enters the sage country of Colorado's southwestern comer. S. Hwy. S. Hwy. 160 angling to the east (right). 9Junction with Colorado Hwy. 145 to Dolores. The byway splits here. ***Spur going east on U. S. Hwy.

The juxtaposition of the nearly infinite and the nearly infinitesimal makes the alpine a favorite mountain geography for many people. Page 14 The Natural Landscape The San Juan Mountains are the largest mountain range in Colorado. They spread over 10,000 square miles of the state, and 5,700 square miles of that total are covered by volcanic rockthe largest volcanic area in Colorado. The San Juans have a wide variety of Precambrian crystalline rocks and Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks that were in place long before any volcanic activity began in the region.

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