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Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission

NOTE: Currently, there is a moratorium on letters of interest and/or nominations.

2019 Commission Meetings

Byways Commissioners

All meetings are from 9:30 a.m. to noon, unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, Jan. 17
    2829 W Howard Place
    Denver, CO 80204
    4th floor conference room

  • Thursday, April 18

  • Thursday, July 18

  • Thursday, Oct. 17
    (or rescheduled to coordinate with the Governor's Tourism Conference/Annual Meeting)

Commission Meetings

Byways Program Meetings

  • May 10
    8:30-10 a.m.
    Byways Gathering at the Partners in the Outdoors Conference
    Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
    Mercury Boardroom (in Building #4)
    620 Village Road
    Breckenridge 80424

  • Oct. 29
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with social hour nearby after
    Byways Annual Meeting
    in conjunction with Governor's Tourism Conference
    Hotel Talisa
    1300 Westhaven Drive
    Vail 81657

Byways Meetings

Commission Meetings

Oct. 25
See meeting notes
Jan. 27
See meeting notes
April 28
See meeting notes
July 28
See meeting notes
Oct. 12
See meeting notes
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Guiding travelers to experience and be inspired by treasured places that comprise Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways. (Commission Approved 5/14/13)

The Commission is a partnership to evaluate and designate the state’s Scenic and Historic Byways and to develop and recommend funding sources and provide administrative support to sustain the byways for future generations. (Commission Approved 12/7/12)

The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways program is a statewide partnership intended to provide recreational, educational, and economic benefits to Coloradans and visitors by designating, interpreting, protecting, and promoting a system of outstanding touring routes in Colorado.

  1. The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission and state agencies will work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, local byways organizations and public and private resources to serve as a resource in the development of both infrastructure and byway management plans, including interpretation, promotion, and protection of distinctive byway characteristics.

  2. The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission will help coordinate the budgeting process and allocation of federal, state, and private funds for the purpose of byway improvements.

  3. The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission will continue to evaluate and recommend for designation Scenic and Historic Byways that depict Colorado's diversity, both regionally and physiographically.  The Commission will endeavor to ensure that all regions of the state are fairly represented within the system of designated Scenic and Historic Byways.

  4. The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission will consider extensions to previously designated routes. The original proponent of the route must co sponsor the extension. Proponents of route extensions are expected to prepare a nomination package as specified in the nomination procedures.

  5. Designated byways are subject to periodic review with emphasis on the implementation of measures to ensure maintenance and enhancement of their scenic, historical, cultural, wildlife, recreational, educational, geological and natural features.  Failure to maintain and enhance a byway may result in termination of designation.
  1. The proposed Scenic and Historic Byway must possess unusual, exceptional, and/or distinctive scenic, recreational, historical, educational, scientific, geological, natural, wildlife, cultural, or ethnic features.

  2. The proposed Scenic and Historic Byway must be suitable for the prescribed type(s) of vehicular use.

  3. The proposed Scenic and Historic Byway must be an existing route and have legal public access.

  4. The proposed Scenic and Historic Byway must have strong local support and proponents must demonstrate coordination with relevant agencies.

  5. The proposed Scenic and Historic Byway must be accompanied by a conceptual plan, as specified in the nomination process.

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

  • Colorado Tourism Office
    Visit the website. 





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