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Top of the Rockies Byway National Scenic Highway and Historic Byway.
In 1999 this 115-mile stretch was designated as one of only 53 roads in the United States as a National Scenic Byway. The entire route is a paved, two lane highway. Taking you over Independence Pass it features stunning beauty and easy access to trails and the famous Colorado recreation activities including hiking, climbing, biking, 4-wheeling and ATVing. Take a break at one of the high mountain lakes or streams.
You may start the drive from Copper Mountain on Highway 91, from Leadville at the juncture of Highways 91 and 24, from Minturn on Highway 24 or from Aspen on Highway 82. The Colorado Scenic As you tour the byway, the Columbine (Colorado state flower) signs will identify your route.