Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway
National Forest: Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests
Length: 63.0 mi / 101.4 km
Time to Allow: Two hours to drive the entire byway, or 90 minutes along Highway 65 and 30 minutes roundtrip on the spur road to Land's End
This "playground in the sky" climbs from the rugged Plateau Canyon floor to the cool evergreen mesa forests, 11,000 feet up. Featured are hundreds of sparkling lakes, wildflower meadows and forests of shimmering aspen and pine. Take a side trip to Lands End Overlook where the Grand Valley unfolds below.
Transcend the world in the beauty of the Grand Mesa in western Colorado. Atop Land's End Overlook, you can see the Grand Valley unfolding more than a mile below in splashes of golden rock and vibrant foliage.
While the phrase “greatest snow on earth” often conjures thoughts of the West’s many downhill ski resorts, both the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, which spans the border between Utah and Colorado, and nearby Grand Mesa Scenic Byway in Colorado take skiers off the slopes and open up a world of snow-covered beauty outside the confines of organized downhill skiing. Take these byways through Utah’s Manti-La Sal and Ashley National Forests, and Colorado’s Grand Mesa National Forest, and you’ll find no shortage of scenic grandeur on your frosty cross-country skiing adventures.
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1-Day Trip: Grand Mesa Must See Tour
The impressive Grand Mesa, formed by lava flows, glaciers, and erosional forces, dominates the rugged scenery in this tour. At an elevation of over...