Touring the Byway
205 miles | 5 Days/ 4 Nights | Gateway City: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
On your way into Glenwood Springs, Interstate 70 traverses spectacular Glenwood Canyon, where about 12 miles east of Glenwood Springs, you’ll pass Hanging Lake. After exploring Glenwood Springs and soaking in the hot spring pools on Day One, on Day Two, you’ll be on your way to Carbondale and ultimately Redstone, in the Crystal River Valley, built to house workers who tended the coke ovens. After a day in Redstone, you’ll be traveling to the hub of marble mining in Colorado, and then on to Crested Butte. We’ve designed a stop in Crested Butte to allow you to spend the whole day exploring both the South and North rims of the Black Canyon. From there, it’s a short trip to Gunnison, the gateway to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, one of America’s least known treasures. After a stay in Crawford, to view the Black Canyon from the north side, you’ll be finishing up the Byway in Hotchkiss and Paonia. A portion of this Byway overlays Colorado’s Cultural Corridor.
View the Detailed Itinerary below to see the full route, which is complete with dining, shopping, and lodging recommendations!