Lariat Loop

Designated a Colorado Electric Byway
Lariat Loop Scenic Byway map

Length: 40 miles
Driving time: 2 hours

Lariat Loop invites you to uncover a legacy of riches in the foothills just west of Denver. Recreate the magic of early auto touring along this 40-mile scenic route connecting the towns of Golden, Morrison, and Evergreen. The route crosses Lookout Mountain via the five-mile Lariat Trail, a spectacular feat of engineering that challenges thrill-seeking drivers and bikers alike. Dozens of open space parks, museums, and other heritage sites welcome visitors exploring the foothills, canyons, and meadows along the Loop. Wildlife, mountain forests, historic dinosaur discoveries, art galleries, historic buildings and settlements, and much more await you in the Lariat Loop. Whether your interest is in the past or present-or the future-you're sure to find a wide array of gems here.

Lariat Loop has been Designated as a National Scenic Byway. It is one of 13 America's Byways® designated in Colorado.

Lariat Loop Photo Tour


Local Chamber(s) of Commerce

Byways Corridor Management Plan

  • Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway
    Corridor Management Plan - June 2006
  • A Framework for Wayshowing: The Lariat Loop June 2013

Special Considerations

  • Accessible year round
  • Services and conveniences readily available
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