Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway

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  • Lariat Loop Scenic Byway Sign

    The Lariat Loop Scenic Byway sign has a Columbine on top and the words Lariat Loop below.

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  • School of Mines Geology Museum

    The School of Mines Geology Museum stands in the sun while the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway climbs up Lookout Mountain in the distance.

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  • Denver Mountain Parks

    The Denver Mountain Parks are shown on this map.

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  • Lair o' the Bear Picnic Area

    Picnic tables are available at Lair o' the Bear.

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  • Lair o' the Bear Rest Area

    A public rest area is available at Lair o' the Bear.

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  • Old-time Bicycle Accessories

    Bicycle accessories from years past are featured in this display case at Golden Oldy Cyclery.

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  • Lair o' the Bear Trail

    Walk the Lair o' the Bear trail for a calming view.

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  • Old Bicycle Tools and Accessories

    Old tools for repairing bicycles are displayed in this case at Golden Oldy Cyclery Museum.

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  • Old Bicycle Headlamps

    Old bicycle headlamps and related bicycle accessories are displayed in this case at Golden Oldy Cyclery Museum.

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  • Painting of Steve on Old Bicycle

    This painting is of Steve Stevens riding one of his vintage high-wheel bicycles.

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  • Inside the Golden Oldy Cyclery

    The Golden Oldy Cyclery is a paradise for vintage bicycle buffs.

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  • Staff Inside the Golden Oldy Cyclery

    A dedicated staff promote the interests of bicycle information dissemination and research at Golden Oldy Cyclery.

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  • Mother Cabrini Grotto Chapel

    Upon this holy ground sits the building housing a chapel, gift shop, and convent.

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  • The Old Tricycle

    Who said tricycles were for little folk? This vintage model draws unbelieving looks wherever it goes.

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  • Statue of an Early Homesteader

    This statue of an early homesteader stands before the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

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  • Meditation at the Mother Cabrini Shrine

    Visitors sit in quiet meditation and prayer in the chapel at the Mother Cabrini Shrine.

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  • Humphrey House

    This primitive, two-story Victorian home was purchased by Lucius "Hump" Humphrey in 1920 Filled with family collections from around the world, it is now a museum offering tours and special events by reservation.

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  • One Hundred Million Years at Your Fingertips

    An outdoor classroom adds interest as students learn of creatures walking this area eons ago.

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  • Tracks on Dinosaur Ridge

    Ancient tracks follow the route of the dinosaurs as they traversed Dinosaur Ridge.

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  • Little Park

    Rest a while in this unique shelter at Little Park, one of a group of Denver Mountain Parks.

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  • Wagon at Hiwan House

    An old covered wagon rests from its labors near the Hiwan House.

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  • Lookout Mountain Switchbacks

    Switchbacks on Lookout Mountain stand out in bold relief as seen from the Lariat Loop.

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  • Morrison Park

    Picnic tables and shade invite the traveler to take a break in Morrison Park.

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  • Red Rocks from Mt. Morrison

    Red Rocks stand out in gigantic relief against the plain, as seen from Mt. Morrison.

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  • Red Rocks in Winter

    Red Rock formations are spectacular against the white of winter snows.

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  • Red Rocks Park

    Red Rocks against a stormy skyline reveal ancient formations and color combinations.

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  • Sedimentary Deposits

    Sedimentary deposits are plentiful along the Dinosaur Ridge.

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  • Rooney Ranch

    The buildings of the Rooney Ranch capture the imagination as you think of days of long ago.

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  • Ripples from Time

    Ripples in the rock give people cause to consider what caused them eons ago.

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  • Cretaceous Time

    Stories of long ago are captured in striations of rock surviving gigantic upheavals at some time in the far distant past.

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  • Geologic Overview on the Lariat Loop

    Stop and examine the remains of different ages of time at this geologic overview from high over the plain.

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  • Jurassic Time

    Time stands still when looking at the ancient haunts of the dinosaurs.

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  • Dinosaur Bones

    Visitors can read about the dinosaur bones showing through the rocks at this site.

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  • Hiwan Homestead Museum

    A large statue of a cowboy stands in front of the two-story Craftsman-style Hiwan Homestead that is now a museum.

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  • Dinosaur Ridge

    Over 300 dinosaur tracks on a 100 million-year-old tidal flat were uplifted when the Rocky Mountains rose 70 million years ago. The tracks were discovered when Alameda Parkway was constructed in 1937.

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  • Red Rocks Welcome Center

    The three-story stucco Welcome Center in Red Rocks Park was built to resemble a Puebloan dwelling and adds to the ambiance of the surrounding landscape.

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  • Beverly Heights Park Picnic Pavilion

    The picnic shelter serves as an interpretive stop next to the masonry pillars at the base of Lookout Mountain, the north entrance to the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway. Interpretive signs are attached to the masonry columns on the shelter.

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  • Buffalo Bill's Grave

    Buffalo Bill's grave is memorialized at the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum and Gravesite.

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  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    A 10,000-seat natural amphitheatre lies tucked between two large red rocks under a wide blue sky.

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  • Evergreen Interpretive Area

    A 1917 Model T is parked before a masonry wall containing interpretive signs that several people are examining.

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  • Bear Creek Canyon

    The two-lane Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway winds between granite cliffs on the right and the tree-lined Bear Creek on the left.

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  • Historic Downtown Evergreen

    One and two-story wooden buildings add color to downtown Evergreen. The famous Little Bear Saloon on the corner was once a church.

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  • Buffalo Herd Overlook

    This photograph shows buffalo grazing in Genesee Park in the foreground with the snow-capped Continental Divide in the background.

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  • Visiting Clear Creek History Park

    A visitor stands on the bank of Clear Creek, which flows past a historic schoolhouse. This is just one of the many buildings in Clear Creek History Park depicting the late 1800s.

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  • Historic Downtown Morrison

    The small historic town of Morrison, filled with quaint, colorful storefronts, lies below Dinosaur Ridge.

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  • Foothills Art Center

    This red-brick historic Presbyterian church, surrounded by serene trees, is now used as an art center that hosts national art shows and conducts art classes.

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  • Astor House Museum

    The two-story stone Astor House Museum, now painted white, stands before the red brick territorial capitol.

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  • Morrison/Red Rocks Park/Dinosaur Ridge

    The historic town of Morrison lies nestled between Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks Park to the north on a beautiful fall day with the leaves on the trees along Bear Creek turning yellow.

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  • Pahaska Tepee Trading Post

    The two-story, 1920s Pahaska Tepee Trading Post stands next to Buffalo Bill’s Grave. The wooden trading post is built in the Craftsman’s Style.

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  • Boettcher Mansion

    The two-story Boettcher Mansion illustrates the Tudor Style of architecture.

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  • Fillius Park Picnic Area

    Picnic tables and a public shelter are available at Fillius Park.

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  • Santa on a Bike

    Santa rode a bike that year? What happened to the reindeer?

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  • Statue of Christ at Mother Cabrini Shrine

    This 22-foot-high statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus stands at the top of the mountain. It was carved by an Italian artist and was erected on an eleven-foot base in 1954.

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  • Colorado State Capitol Building

    Colorful flowers and sandstone flagstones build up to the golden dome of the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver.

  • Overlooking the Historic Town of Morrison

    This is a display of the beauty that surrounds the historic town of Morrison. The cottonwood leaves are turning yellow along Bear Creek that runs through the middle of town. Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre are visible to the north of town and offer a beautiful red contrast to the yellow leaf cottonwoods. Mount Morrison and Dinosaur Ridge are also visible north of town and create a valley through which Mount Vernon Creek runs. It is a beautiful fall scene in this historic setting.

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  • Masonry Pillars Marking the Northern Entrance to the Lariat Loop Byway

    Two 30-foot high masonry pillars located at the base of Lookout Mountain mark where many people begin their tour of the Lariat Loop Byway.

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  • Guests Sipping Wine at Creekside Cellar

    Guests savor delicious vintages in the cellar of Creekside Vineyards. They are surrounded by stainless steel tanks and stacked barrels.

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