Colorado River Headwaters
Downstream the Colorado is a mighty river irrigating and providing power to the Southwestern United States. But up here, at its source, it is no different from dozens of other Rocky Mountain waterways, a clear brook tumbling across greenish meadows and down cramped redrock gorges. This stretch between Grand Lake and State Bridge offers first-class fishing, canoeing, and rafting, along with plenty of quiet spaces where you can sit on the banks and contemplate. The route begins at Grand Lake, an old resort town on the shores of Colorado's largest natural lake, and ends on a gravel road through spectacular Upper Gore Canyon.
Colorado River Headwaters was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway in 2005. It is one of eleven America's Byways® designated in Colorado.
- MyScenicDrives Road Trip Map
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Arapaho National Recreation Area
- Colorado River Headwaters Tour Brochure and Map
Local Chamber(s) of Commerce
Byways Corridor Management Plan
- The road between Kremmling and State Bridge has a gravel surface and limited visitor services.
- Program Contacts
- Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
- Colorado Tourism Office
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