​Three Scenic Byways and Breathtaking Routes for Leisure Drives

Jul 14, 2017 -- Posted by : admin

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines” -Henry David Thoreau

While traveling can create unmatchable adventures for many, often the focus is more on the destination itself, rather than the journey experienced along the way. When driving, the quickest route is commonly entered into the GPS with a quick hop on the interstate hoping there will be no delays. However, zigzagging around traffic can never compare to Mother Nature’s greatest work. With scenery so breathtaking, it captivates all of the senses with the pairing of stunning views with the sounds of nature, the smell of evergreens and the taste of the fresh air before it grazes your skin. Other’s will take destiny into their own hands, fill up their gas tanks, and hit the open road. Below are three reasons why you should too, and why you’ll want to make leisure drives through the high country a regular part of your life.

Trail Ridge Road

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Soaking in the majesty of the Rockies will be an unforgettable experience thanks to the highest paved road in North America. This byway runs about 48 miles east to west from Estes Park, CO to Grand Lake, CO and takes you through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Here you will have ample possibilities to view wildlife which accents the already majestic backdrop. On this drive, you will reach the highest elevation of 12,183 feet where you will have an opportunity to see the Milky Way on a clear summer night. With nearly two-thirds of the world’s population no longer able to see this, you are in for a unique experience.

Berthoud Pass

If you are up for backcountry skiing, snowboarding or hiking while you enjoy your scenic drive, then look no further than this magnificent journey. Topping off at 11,307 feet, you will be granted exceptional panoramic views. Be sure to take your time as you climb in elevation, and take a light windbreaker with a hood as temperatures drop and the winds increase.

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Byers Canyon

If you need a little less elevation, Byers Canyon road tops out at 8,258 feet and is 8 miles long. It runs parallel to the Colorado River, and is located between Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling. You can expect to see canyon walls packed with dramatic rock structures extending onto a sky canvas. The first ever carved by the River, this canyon contains exquisite details, rugged peaks, and plentiful wildlife.

This is just a glimpse of the spectacular journeys you can take in Grand County. If you are interested in making it a more permanent part of your life, contact us today for insights, tips, and current listing of ranches for sale in the area.

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