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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.


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.

Please check back for Special Conference Rates!


* 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]

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