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.
Touring - Byway
Skiing - Alpine
Skiing - Nordic
Byway Fly Over Tours
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.
Alexander Lake Lodge - Battle with the Baron
Lands End Observatory
Mesa Creek Ski Hill
Powderhorn Ski Resort
One for the heritage/history buff and another for the outdoor enthusiast.
Home to an impressive spear point collection, toy museum, wooden stacked silos and replicated Main Street.
The terrain around Powderhorn and at the resort allow for year 'round activities.
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Travel the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway for some of the best views of the valleys.
388 S Grand Mesa Dr, Cedaredge, CO 81413
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.