Following a stretch of US Highway 160 and branching off on Colorado Highway 12, this scenic byway traces a line between Walsenburg to Trinidad. As the highway climbs to the Cuchara pass, you’ll spy volcanic formations along the Spanish Peaks. The route cuts through ranchlands and forest as you head into Cokedale (it’s arched remnants of coal-smelting ovens look like Roman aqueducts) before concluding in Trinidad; it’s redbrick streets, hilly downtown and Victorian-era architecture are ripe for photo ops.

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