The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway has been described by a forest ranger as "the closest you can come to a wilderness experience in a passenger car." The 204 miles of two-lane roads through rural western Colorado touches three designated Wilderness Areas and passes through thousands of acres of National Forest.Put West Elk Loop Scenic Byway on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Carbondale trip planning tool.
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We traveled the Byway from Carbondale to Delta, and loved the mountains, waterfalls, rivers, animals (we saw a black bear), coke ovens and quaint towns. more »
Another fabulous scenic drive to see the fall colors of the aspen trees. We were only able to drive a portion of this byway (from Gunnison to Crested Butte to Carbondale) but we were able to see... more »
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