Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
This drive runs 7 miles from Tomichi Point to High Point and has 10 scenic overlooks. You'll gain excellent views of the 2,700 foot deep canyon that is comprised of steep black walls of schist and gneiss. The canyon was carved over 30 million years ago by the Gunnison River, giving you the chance to peek into history.
At 12,095 feet, Independence Pass is one of the highest paved passes in Colorado and connects the Arkansas Valley with Aspen. Independence Pass (Highway 82) crosses over the Sawatch Range which is home to four of the five highest peaks in Colorado. Along the way you will pass through the authentic ghost town of Independence. Independence Pass is located in the White River National Forest, saturating the entire drive in beauty.
Flat Tops Trail
The best time to drive the Flat Tops Trail is during the fall when all the aspen leaves are turning colors. You'll drive through breathtaking sandstone canyons that were carved by a myriad of streams. This National Scenic Byway stretches 82 miles of the Flat Top area of the White River Plateau. The drive connects Meeker to Yampa and follows the Rio Blanco County Road 8, National Forest Road 16, and Routt County Road 17.
This Colorado peak rises to 14,110 feet and a road leads to the top where you'll find a restaurant and gift shop. Pike's Peak is located near Colorado Springs, and every 4th of July there is a road race to and from the top. Even though part of the road is gravel, racers average 110 miles per hour.