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Commission also has played a significant role. Initially, it helped estab-
lish the program and prioritize national grant funding and nominations. As
directed by the most recent Executive Order, the Commission is providing
program planning and support to sustain the byways for future generations.
More info about the Scenic & Historic Byways at:
1989 每 Program created by Executive Order
1989 每 First five byways designated
1990 每 Three more byways designated
1991 每 Five more byways designated
1996 每 Three byways receive national designations
1998每2005 每 One to two byways are designated each year
2009 每 Colorado hosts National Scenic Byways Conference
2014 每 Tracks Across Borders designated 26th byway (and final one to date)
2014 每 Colorado Byways 25th Anniversary
2018 每 Colorado International Preserving the Historic Road Conference
2019 每 30th Anniversary
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in the history of these areas, the natural re-
sources found there, and how to protect them
for future generations. The byways program
is deeply involved in all of those areas.§
The program has been promoted over the
years through a highly-successful online and
printed brochure (Colorado: The Official Guide
to Scenic & Historic Byways), www.Colora-, news articles and partner-
After 30 years, a new mobile friendly website
is on the horizon with a recent History Colo-
rado State Historical Fund grant and matching
funds through the Colorado Tourism Office.
Former CDOT staff historian and State By-
ways Coordinator Sally Pearce is recognized
for developing and guiding the program for
more than 20 years.
Bates has lead the program for most of the
last decade through wayfinding, redevelop-
ment and collaboration with local byway
groups, CDOT staff and with traditional and
non-traditional partnerships.
The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways
Colorado*s Scenic Byways 30th Anniversary
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March 21, 2019, DENVER: The Colorado
Scenic and Historic Byways Program, which
has helped guide the development of the
state*s roadways that have exceptional scenic,
ecological, cultural and historic attributes, is
celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
※Over the span of three decades, some by-
way names have become legendary, such as
the San Juan Skyway, Alpine Loop and the
Highway of Legends,§ said CDOT*s Colorado
Byways Program Manager Lenore Bates.
※The initial byways roster envisioned between
15 and 20 routes but the Scenic Byways
Commission settled in with 26 of them. They
are truly the best of Colorado.§
Eleven of those are national routes, known
as America*s Byways, two are All-American
Roads, ten are National Forest Scenic Byways
and two are Bureau of Land Management
Back Country Byways.
Their mutual characteristics are fascinating
history, unique natural resources and scenery
that includes mountains, high plains, plateaus
and canyons.
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Throughout 2019, as part of its 30th Anniversary, the program will be
promoted through sponsorship booths at the Saving Places Conference
and Partners in the Outdoors Conference and a proposed affinity tour for
the National Preservation Conference.
In addition, a photo collection of all the byways are exhibited at the State
Capitol through April, in partnership with Colorado Creative Industries.
History Colorado also will exhibit the photos at its History Colorado Center
in Denver around Memorial Day.
Additionally, a Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop will promote new itiner-
aries that mix soaking and driving for pleasure.
A 2016 economic analysis of the state*s economy pegged the cumulative
impact of visitor spending while traveling the byways from 2009 to 2014
at nearly $4.8 billion, or nearly $800 million annually. These economic
impacts signify that byways are an exceedingly popular tourist draw and
contributor to regional and state economic development.
※However, the program isn*t just about promoting tourism for the benefit
of the local economy,§ said Bates. ※Locals and visitors alike are interested
Many byways feature CDOT highways and local and
regional roadways that are in and of themselves
historic and worthy of national recognition
for their pioneering engineering.