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Colorado River Headwaters

Colorado River Headwaters

Length: 80 miles
Driving time: 2 hours

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.

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Local Chamber(s) of Commerce

Byways Corridor Management Plan

Special Considerations

  • The road between Kremmling and State Bridge has a gravel surface and limited visitor services.
Grand Lake

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Granby Chamber of Commerce& Visitors Center
516 E Agate Ave.
Granby, CO 80446
(970) 887-2311

Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Corner of US Hwy 34 and West Portal Road
Grand Lake CO 80447
(970) 627-3402 | (800) 531-1019

Grand County Colorado Tourism
[email protected]

Contact Us
  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    2829 W. Howard Pl.
    Denver, CO 80204

  • Colorado Tourism Office
    Visit the website. 





Know Before You Go.

Colorado: The Official State Web Portal