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Colorado Byways 2020 Symposium

Colorado Byways Symposium 2020

“Thirty Years of Scenic Vistas & History One Mile at a Time”

May 6-7, 2020
Ouray, Colorado

May 5-6, 2020 San Juan Skyway Pre-Tour

May 8, 2020 Post-Tours


Click to download Colorado Byways Symposium 2020 postcard.

The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program, which has helped guide the development of the state's roadways that have exceptional scenic, ecological, cultural, and historic attributes, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

"Over the span of three decades, some byway names have become legendary, such as the San Juan Skyway, Alpine Loop, and the Highway of Legends," said CDOT's Colorado Byways Program Manager Lenore Bates. "The initial byways roster envisioned between 15 and 20 routes but the Scenic Byways Commission settled in with 26 of them. They are truly the best of Colorado."

We are celebrating each Byway which will culminate in a Symposium and Celebration in beautiful Ouray in 2020.

We will include our Sponsors & Partners in the program schedule. We hope you will join us in Ouray for this recognition and celebration of arguably, the best network of Scenic Byways in the nation.

For more information, please contact us:

Kelli Hepler, Sponsor Coordinator Symposium 2020

  • 970-471-9621

Heidi Pankow, Symposium 2020 Celebration Coordinator

  • 970-261-1110

Lenore Bates, Colorado Scenic Byways Program Manager

  • 303-757-9786


Copper Sponsor - $500
Silver Sponsor - $1,000
Gold Sponsor - $2,000
Palladium Exclusive Lunch or Reception Sponsor - $3,000
Platinum Exclusive Dinner Sponsor - $5,000

Sponsorship Levels Detailed Information


Symposium Registration

Rural Professional Development Scholarships Due January 15, 2020, at 4 p.m.


* events/times are subject to updates until the schedule is final and confirmed 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

  • Pre-Tour San Juan Skyway Day 1
  • Check into the hotel, Cortez CO

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  • Pre-Tour San Juan Skyway Day 2
  • 2 p.m. Check into the hotel, Ouray CO
  • 3 p.m. Colorado Byways Symposium Registration, Reception & Welcome Remarks
  • 5 p.m. Speaker, Mark Falzone, Scenic America
  • 6 p.m. Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 7, 2020

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. Speaker, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, WordWoman
  • 10 a.m. 1st Sessions
  • 11:15 a.m. 2nd Sessions
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Speaker, Karen Mollica Risch, Local Author, No Individual Heroes, Ouray Mountain Rescue
  • 1:45 p.m. 3rd Sessions
  • 3 p.m. 4th Sessions
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks/Reception
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dine on Your Own
  • 7:30 p.m. Optional Evening Presentation

Friday, May 8, 2020

  • 7-8 a.m. Coffee on Your Own [Rally for Post-Tours]


Lodging in Ouray is second to none, with amenities you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Long known for our hospitality and friendly residents, Ouray has been a home away from home for travelers, dating back to the City’s beginning in 1876. From standard motels to charming bed and breakfasts, historic hotels, to cabins and condos, the choice is up to you. You’ll be welcomed like family even if it is your first trip to Ouray.

Special Conference Rates:

  • Brown Bear Cabin - We can offer our cabin, which sleeps up to 6 in beds, or 8 if they don't mind a pull-out couch. $110 per night, it is available may 4-9, checking out on the 9th by 11 am.
  • Matterhorn Inn - We can do single rooms for $79.99 plus tax and double rooms for $89.99 plus tax at both properties. We have suites that we can do a 20% discount. 
  • Main Street Inn - Can offer a convention rate of 10% off if booked directly by phone to 970.316.1178 or at -- discount code: 'scenic'
  • Hotel Ouray - Would be delighted to extend a discounted room rate to all registered delegates with our Petite Interior rooms 1 – 6 ranging $89.00 - $99.00 receiving an additional  $10.00 off Discount and our other larger rooms which can be viewed on receiving a $20.00 off Discount. We will be holding our Winter Rates for your event and have put in new Carpeting throughout the hotel in November which in combination with our updated bathrooms makes Hotel Ouray a fantastic option. In order to get the Discount registered delegates would need to call Hotel Ouray directly to make reservations at 970.325.0050.
  • Riverside Inn and Cabins - Provides a 15% discount on lodging to delegates in May. We will still be in our winter rates so this will provide great prices.
  • Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs - Offers a corporate rate of $109 plus tax per night to all delegates.
  • Ouray Quality Inn - Offers an $80 per night rate, please ask for Scenic Byways Symposium Rate
  • Chipeta Solar Springs Resort - Ridgway We would be happy to extend a 30% savings on all lodge rooms for the dates of the conference.
  • China Clipper Inn- The China Clipper will give a 10% discount for anyone attending the conference. They will need to call and book directly or go to our website and mention in the reservation comments that they are at the conference. or 970-325-0565
  • Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs - Offering a $90 room rate using the booking code COBYWAY from May 1-10, 2020. Questions call (970) 325-4427 EXT 522 or visit

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