Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway

All About the Byway

About the Byway

Land O Lakes overlook 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


Lake on Grand Mesa

Touring - Byway






Horseback Riding

Skiing - Alpine

Skiing - Nordic



Snow Biking


Byway Fly Over Tours

The 4 Distinct Byway Areas

Plateau Canyon in Mesa, CO

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 History

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

Alexander Lake Lodge - Battle with the Baron

Lands End Observatory

Mesa Creek Ski Hill

Pioneer Town

Plateau Canyon

Powderhorn Ski Resort

Stolte Shed



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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

Pioneer Town History Museum

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

Powderhorn Resort for Year 'Round Fun.

Mountain Biking on Grand Mesa

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

Our Partners


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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.