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Lariat Loop

Length: 40 miles. Driving time: 2 hours.

Red RocksLariat LoopLariat 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 5-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 eleven America's Byways® designated in Colorado.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
Denver Mountain Parks and many more
Dinosaur Ridge
The Boettcher Mansion
Denver Mountain Parks History
Colorado Railroad Museum

Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
West Chamber

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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Contact Information

Lariant Loop Heritage Alliance
P.O. Box 356
Golden CO 80402
(720) 971-9649

Program Contacts
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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222
  • Colorado Tourism Office
    Visit the website. 
2017 Partnerships

Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways 2017 partnerships

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