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Colorado Scenic Byways

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Eleven of Colorado's 26 byways are designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as America's Byways®, which gives Colorado more national designations than any other state. Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways has been around since 1989. Prior to visiting a byway, we recommend the following:

Visit Colorado Byways 2020 Symposium

National Scenic Byways Nomination for Colorado

Any road submitted for designation under the National Scenic Byways Program should be designated, through legislation or some other official declaration, as a State, Indian tribe or Federal land management agency scenic byway. Therefore, they shall be designated as a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in order to apply for National Designation.


  • January 8, 2020 - State Coordinators Call with FHWA
    and FY2020 Nomination Application Announcement & Template
  • February 13, 2020 - Online Nomination Application
  • February 26, 2020 - Webinar
  • April 9, 2020 - Colorado Full Application Due at 11:59 p.m. (MST)
  • April 13 to May 5, 2020 - Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission Review
  • May 6, 2020 - Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission Nomination Meeting
  • May 15, 2020 - Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program Submits Applications 

For more information, click on the "Nominations" tab located at

The FHWA National Scenic Byways Program webpage contains:

  • Online Nomination Form & PDF Template
  • 2020 Nomination Guide Recorded Webinar
  • Important Documents: Designation Readiness Worksheet, Image Style Guide, Interim Policy May 1995 (9. Corridor Management Plans)

If you have questions, please email [email protected] to set up a conference call as soon as possible.

Learn About the Byways

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