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See All of The Fall Colors on a Drive Through The Grand Mesa Byway

See All of The Fall Colors on a Drive Through The Grand Mesa Byway
Ray Michaels, Townsquare Media

Take this 63-mile long drive through the world’s largest flattop mountain. Driving at over 10,000 feet high on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway feet for two hours will surely give you a nice view of Colorado’s changing colors.

Starting off your drive in Mesa, lets you see lots of change in scenery. You begin in a desert canyon and see everything from hills, to ponds, to lakes, meadows and beautiful aspens and alpines along the way.

The Grand Mesa Byway is one of Colorado’s 26 Scenic and Historic Byways. The Ute Indian tribe lived in the Grand Mesa area and called it “Thunder Mountain.”. This is because of how the mountain overlooks the valley thousands of feet below.

There’s a lot of wildlife in this area. Lots of trout, elk, mountain lions, foxes, porcupines, and deer are on the Grand Mesa. Make sure you watch for wildlife! You might even see one of these guys like I did the last time I was on the Mesa.

Great day up on the Mesa with Buddy and Kevin! #grandmesacolorado #flyfishcolorado

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This beautiful drive on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is about two hours long. Start the drive right around Mesa and end it around Cedaredge. There’s plenty of overlook and places to stop and take in that clean thin air and the breathtaking view.

See All of The Fall Colors on a Drive Through The Grand Mesa Byway
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Sources: CODOT, Colorado Directory and Colorado

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