Armchair Colorado’s Scenic & Historic Byways

July 30, 2014 - Metro Denver Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Colorado Day is Friday, Aug 1, and to help celebrate the Centennial State’s 138th birthday, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Scenic and Historic Byways program is encouraging tourists to supplement their byway travels with reading.

“A variety of publications are available to enhance the journey,” says CDOT’s Scenic & Historic Byways Program Manager Lenore Bates.  “Before or after visiting a byway, you can continue to enjoy the trip by indulging in many areas of interest at your local bookstore or library.”

Some helpful byway books include:

Excursions From Peak to Peak, Then and Now, by Silvia Pettem

Elk Mountains odyssey: The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway Guide, by Paul Andersen

The Phantom Canyon: The Gold Belt Line to Cripple Creek and Victor, by Doris & McFarland, E.M. Wolfe

Pueblo, Hardscrabble, Greenhorn: Society on the High Plains, 1832-1856, by Janet Lecompte

Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad, by Dick Kreck

Centennial, by James A. Michener

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

Ranches of Colorado, by John Fielder, James Meadow

People of the Red Earth - American Indians of Colorado, by Sally Crum

Messages in Stone: Colorado's Colorful Geology, Vincent Matthews

Bike and Brew America: Rocky Mountain Region, by Todd Mercer

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History, by Rob Blair

Colorado Cache Cookbook, by Junior League of Denver

Colorado Scenic Byways, Taking the Other Road, by Jim Steinberg, Susan Tweit

The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act, by Doug Scott

Children's Books:

Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau? - Scat and Tracks for Kids, by Gary D. Robson, Robert Rath

Native American History for Kids: With 21 Activities, by Karen Bush Gibson

Pigs Over Colorado Past, by Kerry Lee MacLean

Do You See What I See?, by Claudia Cangilla McAdam, John Fielder (Photographer)

Maps and bookmarks are available by request.  Please email: [email protected].

This  year, Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways program is celebrating 25 years of service to tourists and the state’s economy by designating routes that provide exceptional scenic, historical, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

For additional publications or more information about the Scenic and Historic Byways, please visit