Grand Mesa National Scenic and
Historic Byway
Scenic Drives

All About the Byway

About the Byway

Land O Lakes overlook provides those, who hike the short hike, views of 13 lakes.

Grand Mesa is the largest, flat-topped mountain in the world,  spanning 500 square miles and rising between 5,000 feet and 11,237 feet  of elevation. The top of the Grand Mesa is a layer of basalt poured by  lava approximately 10 million years ago which has protected the mesa  from the erosion suffered by surrounding sedimentary rocks.

The  scenic drive begins at exit 49 off I-70 on CO-65 and travels east to  Cedaredge. There is a 13-mile side-trip to the Land’s End Observatory  which adds 40 minutes 

to the drive.

Points of Interest

Land's End Observatory provides views of the San Jaun and La Sal mountain ranges.

Grand Mesa Visitor Center

Grand Mesa Welcome Center

Pioneer Town 

Lands End Observatory

Vega State Park

Land O Lakes Overlook

Crag Crest Trail

Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Mesa Community Center

Plateau Canyon

Women's Veteran Memorial



Touring - Byway May






Horseback Riding

Skiing - Alpine

Skiing - Nordic



Snow Biking


The 4 Distinct Byway Areas

The stark canyon walls of Plateau Canyon are impressive in their size.

Plateau Canyon - At the extreme north end of the Byway these desert sandstone canyons were inhabited for thousands of years.

Land O Lakes - features hikes that take you to views of 18 lakes, the San Juan Mountain Range and the lush valley below. On the scenic drives bucket list.

Lands End Area - Views go as far as the La Sals in Utah and offer the visitor an opportunity to get a real clear idea of the valleys below.

Mesa Lakes Area - providing extensive trail systems, great fishing, accommodations and moonlight skiing for winter fun.

Byway Businesses

Grand Mesa Lodge, Mesa Lakes Lodge, Alexander Lake Lodge and Thunder Mountain Lodge are some.

Padilla's   •  Mesa General Store   

Red Mountain Ranches • Ribbons & Roses

Inn at  Wildwood • Macht Liles Real Estate

Creekside B&B • Blink Coffee

Mesa Creek Wine & Spirits  

Mesa Lakes Resort • Harvest House

Thunder Mountain Lodge

Grand Mesa Archery • Sundance RV Camp

Sundance Realty of Grand Mesa  

Keller Williams • Sheep Camp Mill   Powderhorn Resort • Wagon Wheel   

Grand Mesa Lodge

Aspen Trails Campground Gifts and Dining

Cedaredge Lodge • Creekside Café   

RJ's Land and Sea

Connie's Diner • Lost Mesa Grill

The Gazebo •The Olde Slaughterhouse

Starr's Guitars • Stacy's On Main   

Kiser Creek Lodge • Grand Mesa Adventures   

Alexander Lake Lodge • Frost's RV Park   

Shady Creek RV   

AppleShed Art Gallery • William's Cellars   

Snow Cap Hard Cider   

Salamandre Apothocary   

Stay Wise Inn • Mesa Moon Motel   

Cedaredge Golf Club   

Edge of the Cedars Winery

Stoney Mesa Winery   

Cedaredge Food Town • J & S Bakeria   

Leisure Time Sports • Mesa Liquor   

Cedaredge Public Library 

Coffee Barn   



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More fun with our partners on the Byway

Two attractions on the Byway that you will want to enjoy.

One for the heritage/history buff and another for the outdoor enthusiast.

Pioneer Town


Home to an impressive spear point collection, toy museum, wooden stacked silos and replicated Main Street.

Powderhorn Resort for Year 'Round Fun.


The terrain around Powderhorn and at the resort allow for year 'round activities.

Byways Tourism Partners

Support and funding is provided from a grant with the Colorado Tourism Office.

Support and resources for development is provided by the Colorado Scenic Byway with CDOT.

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Travel the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway for some of the best views of the valleys.

Grand Mesa Scenic & Historic Byway Welcome Center

388 S Grand Mesa Dr, Cedaredge, CO 81413

(970) 856-7554


Welcome Center is Open Memorial Day weekend to Color Sunday (the last Sunday in September)

The Byway is open year 'round with occasional closure for snow removal or avalanche control.