6:59 am - Wednesday September 20, 2017

USFS News Release: “Highway of Legends” Scenic Byway Anniversary‏

“HIGHWAY OF LEGENDS” SCENIC BYWAY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Over 70 miles of Colorado State Highway 12, from Trinidad to LaVeta is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways. The San Carlos Ranger District is proud to host the highest elevations of the Highway of Legends as it meanders over the top of Cucharas Pass through the San Isabel National Forest.

“It is a great time of year to celebrate the Highway of Legends,” said San Carlos District Ranger Paul Crespin. “Aspen leaves are showing off their fall colors and offering motorists spectacular scenery of the San Isabel National Forest, in particular, the Spanish Peaks Wilderness.”

The Byway also boasts a recent 35-mile extension that follows Huerfano/Las Animas County Road #46 through the San Isabel National Forest, from Highway 12 at Cucharas Pass (elevation 9,941 feet), over Cordova Pass (elevation 11,248 feet) and through the historic Apishapa Arch to the town of Aguilar.

The Highway of Legends offers abundant opportunities to catch a glimpse of history from geologic time at the Devil’s Stairsteps dike to the more recent “coke ovens” in Cokedale. Interpretive stories highlight the rich history along the route and give deeper meaning to these natural and cultural attractions.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper celebrated the 1989 Act that created the State’s Scenic Byways by proclaiming February 14, 2014 to be “Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission Day”.

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For more information on the Highway of Legends, visit the Colorado Department of Transportation’s website at http://www.coloradodot.info/travel/scenic-byways/southeast

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