Trail of the Ancients Neighboring Byways

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Whether your passion is exploring the past, enjoying spectacular vistas, visiting National Parks, or experiencing western rural America, there is no better way to do so than by traveling a National Scenic Byway.

Trail of the Ancients-Colorado is a great place to begin your exploration, but while in the Four Corners, plan to explore more of the beauty of Southwest Colorado or the Grand Circle.

Touring Southwest Colorado is a great way to see it all. From the comfort of your vehicle, you can soar with the eagles in the San Juan Mountains; travel back in time to historic mining towns; enjoy mountains, rivers, and wildflowers; and visit towns steeped in Victorian charm.

Truly the heart of Colorado history and heritage, Southwest Colorado is your destination for Scenic Byways. With 7 different routes, Southwest Colorado boasts nearly 900 miles of spectacular National Scenic and Historic Byways. The San Juan Skyway, known as the "most beautiful drive in America," joins with the Trail of the Ancients in Cortez, CO.

The Four Corners states of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah comprise one of America's greatest driving destinations: The Grand Circle. Weaving through the Grand Circle and surrounding areas are over 29 highways unique and spectacular enough to be designated National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. These roads link awe-inspiring National Parks and Monuments and pass through geologic wonders and the lands of ancient cultures. One of these National Scenic Byways is Trail of the Ancients-Utah, a continuation of the Colorado Trail of the Ancients.