Top of the Rockies

National Scenic BywayColorado

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  • Dexter Cabin

    The Dexter Cabin Museum offers visitors a chance to peek in on what it would have been like to live in a luxurious cabin of Leadville's early days.

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  • Twin Lakes Historic District

    The Twin Lakes Historic District has many remaining structures from the early mining days in the area, September 2002

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  • Mountain Near Climax at the Top of the Rockies

    The mountains and area surrounding Climax yield many minerals.

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  • Twin Peaks

    The impressive Twin Peaks overlook Twin Lakes and the Twin Lakes Historic District, Sept. 2002.

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  • Visitor at Camp Hale Memorial

    This woman stops to read an interpretive kiosk about Camp Hale.

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  • Fields at Camp Hale Memorial

    These fields, part of Camp Hale, were used during the WWII training grounds for the 10th Mountain Division.

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  • Cloudy Day at Camp Hale Memorial

    The sky, though cloudy, adds to the beauty that surrounds Camp Hale Memorial.

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  • Mountain Backdrop at Camp Hale Memorial

    The soft mountain hills and cloud-scattered sky create the perfect atmosphere at Camp Hale Memorial.

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  • Biker on the Top of the Rockies

    This biker rides along US Highway 24, climbing up Battle Mountain from Minturn.

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  • Slow Day at Minturn

    Historically a railroad town, Minturn serves as the western gateway to the Top of the Rockies.

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  • Shops in Minturn

    Small shops are a popular feature in the small town of Minturn.

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  • Mount Elbert on a Clear Day

    The highest peak in Colorado at 14,433 feet above sea level, Mount Elbert forms a backdrop against and a reflection in Turquoise Lake on a cloud-free day.

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  • Cross Country Skiing at Mayflower Gulch

    Crosscountry skiing is one of the winter recreation activities along the Top of the Rockies, Mayflower Gulch being one of the top destinations.

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  • Slopes on Mayflower Gulch

    With white in the sky and on the ground, Mayflower Gulch provides the perfect place to snow ski.

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  • Mining Area Above Leadville

    The area above Leadville was historically mined for its gold and silver. The hills can be seen between the trees and next to the road ahead.

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  • Overlook from Mining Area near Leadville

    This view from the mining area reveals the peaceful landscapes below.

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  • Hayden Meadows Pond

    South of Leadville, Hayden Meadows Pond ripples in the soft breeze of a spring day.

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  • Mountains Behind Twin Lakes

    A steep canyon between the mountains lies just behind Twin Lakes.

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  • Looming Peak by Twin Lakes

    This snow-capped mountain peak hovers over Twin Lakes.

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  • Twin Lakes Town Shops

    The town of Twin Lakes boasts quaint little shops popular since the 1890s.

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  • Hayden Ranch and Mountains

    Mountains behind the Hayden Ranch and a winding stream before it complete a perfect, old-time setting in a Rocky Mountain valley plain.

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  • Flowers Along Hayden Reservoir

    Vibrant violet flowers bloom along the banks of Hayden Reservoir.

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  • Scenic Byway Signage along the Top of the Rockies

    A scenic byway sign stands against a beautiful mountain-filled backdrop.

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  • Mount Elbert

    Clouds wrap around Mount Elbert along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway.

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  • Leadville

    Blue skies hover over the snow-covered city of Leadville.

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  • Downtown Leadville

    The bustling, mining town of Leadville is rich in history and beautiful architecture.

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  • 10th Mountain Division Memorial

    At the entrance to Ski Copper is this memorial to the 10th Mountain Division who trained and camped in the area.

  • Crystal Peak

    Crystal Peak stands at 13,852 feet along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway between Copper Mountain and Leadville, CO.

  • State and America's Byways Signage on Top of the Rockies

    Signage at the start of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway in Colorado consists of four parts: a "begin" sign, a Colorado State Scenic Byway sign, an America's Byways sign, and a sign with the name of the byway.

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  • Signage on the Top of the Rockies

    Roadside signage in a mountain valley on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway in Colorado consists of three parts: a Colorado State Scenic Byway sign, an America's Byways sign, and a sign with the name of the byway.

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  • The Delaware Inn

    The Delaware Inn is only one of the many historic buildings located along Leadville's Harrison Avenue.

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  • Mountain Lake

    A mountain lake is concealed among the thick stands of pine trees in the Arapaho National Forest.

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  • Leadville City Hall

    The building which now houses the Leadville City Hall was once the town's post office.

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  • Copper Mountain

    Early morning light hits the slopes of Copper Mountain, located just off I-70.

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  • Old Mining Town

    This town shows the impact mining had on the region.

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  • Mountainside along SR 91

    Many shades of green characterize the mountainside along SR 91.

  • Mountains along SR 91

    Many of the mountains along the Top of the Rockies stand above the tree line.

  • Roadside Pond

    Early morning mist rises from a roadside pond along SR 91.

  • Mining Equipment

    Mining equipment and interpretive signs tell the story about the Climax Mine, which is just across the road.

  • Lake Near Camp Hale

    This lake near Camp Hale is only one of the many lakes and reservoirs that dot the area around the byway.

  • Valley of Ghosts

    The towns of Kokomo, Recen, and Robinson were established in this valley that is now characterized by mine tailings.

  • Colorful Houses in Leadville

    Bright colors and distinct color schemes characterize many of the houses in Leadville.

  • Clinton Reservoir Facilities

    The peaceful banks of the small Clinton Reservoir provide a nice rest stop for the traveler.

  • Clarion Hotel

    The Clarion Hotel is one of the finely preserved structures at the Twin Lakes Historic District.

  • Former Site of Camp Hale

    Camp Hale was the training ground for the 10th Mountain Division who saw action during WWII in Italy.

  • Remnants of the Field House

    The field house at Camp Hale was once the gathering place for hundreds of soldiers.

  • B-Slope at Camp Hale

    The B-Slope is where the 10th Mountain Division trained for combat.

  • Present-day Camp Hale

    The valley that once housed thousands of soldiers now accommodates a few campers and picnickers.

  • Annunciation Church

    The Annunciation Church stands on the corner of this quaint Leadville street.

  • Annunciation Church Spire

    The Annunciation Church spire, a landmark of Leadville, points sharply into a rich azure sky spotted with puffy clouds.

  • Roadside Stream

    Wildflowers grace this roadside stream located along SR 91.

  • Red Rooster Tavern

    The Red Rooster Tavern in the Twin Lakes Historic District was known as being "a place of ill repute."

  • Twin Lakes

    Twin Lakes, located along SR 82, lies under a vast blue sky on a sunny day.

  • Valley Outside of Leadville

    The open valley outside of Leadville is flanked by the Sawatch Mountain Range on the west.

  • View From the Top

    US 24 from Leadville leads the traveler over the top of the Rockies.

  • Leadville Rooftops

    From the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, you can look over the rooftops of Leadville.

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  • Steep Green Canyons in the Colorado Rockies

    Bright white clouds cast shadows over a valley filled with lush greenery in the Colorado Rockies along US Highway 24.

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  • Colorful Soil Along Highway 91

    Looking down from Highway 91, colorful soil sets the foreground for sloping green hills.

  • Downtown Leadville

    The hub of Leadville is Harrison Avenue with its many historic buildings.

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  • Mayflower Gulch

    Snow covers this popular cross-country skiing location along Top of the Rockies.

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  • Irrigation Ditch

    The road to Twin Lakes is characterized by many features, including distant mountains and this irrigation ditch.

  • Railroad Tracks Parallel the Top of the Rockies

    Present day railroad tracks are a reminder of the early days along the Byway when the railroad played such a vital role in the economy of the area.

  • Twin Lakes

    Clouds smear across the sky above a field of wildflowers that sits next to Twin Lakes.

  • Aspens Along Highway 82

    Aspen trees flourish in the summertime along Highway 82 in Colorado.

  • Hiking Top of the Rockies

    Two hikers enjoy the wide expanse near Independence Pass along Top of the Rockies.

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  • Mountain View at Twin Lakes

    A green field in Twin Lakes shares a calm day with wispy clouds hover near rocky mountain tops.

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  • Two Hikers on Independence Pass

    High on snow-dotted Independence Pass, two hikers overlook Highway 82 and the Roaring Fork Valley while to the west the peaks of the Elk Mountains pierce the horizon.

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  • National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

    Vehicles wait at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, which stands in grand stature against a piercing blue sky.

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  • Tagert Lake

    Looking toward Independence Pass, travelers can see the peacefulness of Tagert Lake and mature Aspen groves beginning to show a hint of gold on the steep hillside.

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  • Roaring Fork Valley East of Aspen

    As summer turns to fall, vibrant fall foliage lights up the entire valley below Shimer Peak.

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  • Roaring Fork River between Weller and Lost Man

    Driving along Highway 82 between Weller and Lost Man, a glimpse of the Roaring Fork River cascading over the rocks below becomes visible.

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  • Independence Ghost Town

    As Highway 82 winds up to the summit of Independence Pass, the Roaring Fork River and beaver ponds meander around the deserted buildings of the Independence Ghost town.

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  • The Narrows

    Winding through the Narrows, Highway 82 clings to the cliff as low lying clouds allow a glimpse at a peak near the Independence Pass ridgeline and the vibrant blue Colorado sky.

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  • The Summit of Independence Pass

    In this panoramic view, Highway 82 crosses the summit of Independence Pass at an elevation of 12,095 feet, one of the highest paved roads in the US. Stretching off to the west from the summit is the Roaring Fork River valley leading to Aspen, and to the east, the South Fork of Lake Creek leading to Twin Lakes and beyond.

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  • Signage Along the Top of the Rockies

    Directional signage featuring the state scenic byway logo guides visitors along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway.

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  • Ski Cooper Resort

    A blue sky and a beautiful pine forest greets visitors to the Ski Cooper Resort in Colorado.

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  • 10th Mountain Division's Insignia

    This is a representation of the badge used by the United States Army mountain soldiers of the historic 10th Mountain Division.

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