This road trip starts out at the south end of Lake Granby, one of the largest and most beautiful natural lakes in Colorado, and takes you to the town of Steamboat Springs. At the start point you'll see the mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park. Heading west from Grandby, Colorado on 40 you'll pass through some relatively dry terrain and see some old railways along the way. The route will also take you through very small towns like Hot Sulpher Springs, Parshall and then Kremmling. From there the route turns north with the scenery changing to large valleys and beautiful isolated mountain peaks. Further on the road begins to rise up into the mountains and the Arapaho National forest. This area is full of great lookout points in the midst of a green and lush forest. The route then crests at Rabbit Ears Pass and begins descending slowly down toward Steamboat springs. While still in the mountains, look west for some awesome valley views. Your road trip ends in Steamboat where you can enjoy the off season attractions and activities that the world class ski town has to offer. Overall, this road trip has a wide diversity of terrain to see, from dry mesas, mountain peaks and lakes, to lush forest and gorgeous valleys.
Towns/Cities You'll Pass By/Through
Stretches of this road trip are pretty isolated with no towns to stop in. You can eat and get gas at the beginning of the route in Granby. After that you'll only be traveling through several small towns before you get to the route's end point in Steamboat Springs. This is a pretty large town with plenty of tourist attractions such as museums, hot springs, wilderness areas, and much more.
Attractions & Points-of-Interests Along the Way
There are hardly any "off the road" activities along this route. However, once you get to Steamboat Springs, you will find a wonderful ski-village full of dining, shopping, and recreational opportunities. You can save a lot of money by buying ski garb in the local ski-shops off season. You can also take advantage of the many attractions this summer ski area has to offer. There's hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, tubing for you to enjoy. You'll also find that you can save a lot of money by staying at one of the hotels or condos that are renting rooms at bargain off-season prices.
Reviewed by BRTP Partners on April 7, 2010 (0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: If you are going to make this trip (and you haven't been there already) then you have to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. I've been to probably 7 national parks and this and Glacier National Park in Montana are by far the most beautiful I've seen. ... Like I said, it would be a big mistake to be this close to RMNP and not visit this gem ... a vacation in itself!!!