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Creating a Scenic Byways Travel Guide


While I’ve finished the byways and don’t have any other travels planned at the moment, I decided to create a travel guide (of sorts) to highlight the 25 scenic and historic byways of Colorado in one place.

I used a trial software package that is typically used by instructional designers (my profession) in developing web-based training courses. The travel guide is not a training course, but the software offers some powerful features that made it easy for me to pick this software to create the guide.

Sooner or later, I will create the guide using InDesign, but for now, I’m happy with the results using Storyline2.

Without further ado…here’s the guide:

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Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Week #25


Happy 25th Anniversary to Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways program!

Guess which Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway these two photos were taken along. Guess the byway by Friday, May 23rd at midnight PST and win your choice of photo from the byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 25

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Yes…I saved my favorite byway for the final Guess the Byway post. 😉

End of Week #24 – Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Phelps! My Facebook friend, who correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the Los Caminos Antiguos Byway.

Honorable mention to BigBoy4006 for almost getting it right as well. I will send a high res version of any of the photos from the Los Caminos Antiguos Byway to you as well. Just let me know which one.

Week 24

These two photos were taken along very different areas of the byway. The Cumbres and Toltec narrow gauge railroad winds its way up to Cumbres Pass on the border between Colorado and New Mexico. The view of Blanca Peak is best seen from the San Luis Valley region.
Photo 47: This photo was taken as the train criss-crosses across highway 17 as it winds it way up to Cumbres and La Manga Passes. This train was on its way back down to Chama, New Mexico as it was late afternoon. It’s pretty cool watching the people on the train as they gaze out their windows at the mountain scenery.
Photo 48: This photo was taken at the highways 150 and 160 crossroads. The view of Blanca Peak from here is quite spectacular…although, you can see three sides of this mountain (east, west and southern facing) from different roads. The sign in the photo talks about the Ute many hundreds of years ago and what they thought of horses when they were first introduced to this region.

Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Week #24


Guess which Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway these two photos were taken along. Guess the byway by Friday, May 16th at midnight PST and win your choice of photo from the byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 24

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End of Week #23 – Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Phelps! My Facebook friend, who correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the Unaweep/Tabeguache Byway.

Week 23

These two photos were taken along the beautiful redrock Unaweep canyon which runs north and south along the west-southwest edge of Colorado. I was lucky enough to ride this byway by motorcycle with a friend of mine at the end of May in 2013. I say, “lucky” because riding the twists and turns of the canyon is such a blast by bike.

 
Photo 45: This photo was taken at the Gateway Canyons Resort, which lies at the northern end of the canyon. I’ve never stayed at a posh resort before…never really had the funds to do something like that. This resort though, sure had a very strong draw. I definitely can appreciate some of the conferences that take place here…being Earth-minded is very important to me…if you haven’t already guessed that.

 
Photo 46: This photo was taken along the twists and turns of Unaweep Canyon and shows the Hanging Flume, which was recently restored. The history that traverses the canyon isn’t just pioneer history…it’s ancient history dating back to the time of the dinosaurs and it’s also mining history (uranium in particular), which includes the build up to the end of World War II.

Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Week #23


Guess which Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway these two photos were taken along. Guess the byway by Friday, May 9th at midnight PST and win your choice of photo from the byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 23

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End of Week #22 – Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Phelps! My Facebook friend, who correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the Dinosaur Diamond.

Week 22

These two photos were taken along the road just before and just after Douglas Pass (along the extreme western edge of Colorado). This byway is actually a full loop encompassing parts of Utah as well as Colorado.

Colorado Byways Photo ContestPhoto 43: My daughter joined me on this overnight trip. When I drove the pass, we came upon the Kokopeli ruins on the north side (Canyon Pintado Petroglyphs). Because of the government shut-down during October of 2013, there were signs up on gates that warned visitors they could not pass. Unfortunately, I don’t think the government should be worrying about only visitors when it comes to these ruins. The steps and short walkways that lead to a closer viewing of the art work are in dire need of attention. The signs that stand there to explain the ruins are washed out by years of bright sun washing away the stories that accompany the ruins. Despite lack of information, my daughter and I took our time viewing each site along the byway.

Photo 44: This photo was taken along highway 139 before reaching the hills and canyon that take you to Douglas Pass. And yes…I was standing smack dab in the middle of that road. It was early and not many people were out and about…plus this is a pretty barren part of Colorado. Still…the colors we saw that morning were quite spectacular.

Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Week #22


Guess which Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway these two photos were taken along. Guess the byway by Friday, May 2th at midnight PST and win your choice of photo from the byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 22

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End of Weeks #21 – Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We don’t have a Winner

No one correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the San Juan Skyway Byway.

Week 21

These two photos were taken along two different sections of the byway. This byway traverses the breathtakingly beautiful San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Parts of the byway also intersect with the Trail of the Ancients Byway.

Byways Photo ContestPhoto 41: I had a riding buddy along for the scenery and thrills of the twists and turns along the mountainous sections of the byway. We were unfortunate to have ridden into southern Colorado during a time when it was wrestling with dozens of wildfires. One of these fires completely clouded the skies and views in Telluride. But this particular photo was taken along the Million Dollar Highway section of the byway the day after retreating from the Weber fire near Mancos.
Byways Photo ContestPhoto 42: This photo was taken along an off highway route knows as the Last Dollar Road. This dirt road cuts across the Dallas Divide and passes by the historic Last Dollar Ranch as it creates a short cut of sorts between Telluride and Ridgway. While it may cut down on distance though, it adds in time and scenery.

End of Week #20 Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Maria Sharp! My Facebook friend, who correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the Top of the Rockies Byway.

Week 20

These two photos were taken along two different sections of the byway. This byway traverses Independence Pass at one point, as well as includes sections of the 10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway and the Climax mining operation north of Leadville.

Photo 39: My riding buddy Jen, stopped for a few shots of the old mining car along the roadside opposite one of the largest mining operations in Colorado: Climax Molybdenum. This part of the byway traverses Fremont Pass just south of Copper Mountain Resort and north of Leadville.

 

 

Photo 40: Castle Creek Road lies at the western edge of the byway, is eleven miles long and ends at the base of Montezuma Basin. The wildflowers captured in this photo bloom in early July for a few weeks and then disappear leaving no trace.