Landscapes of Colorado rank as some of the most spectacular, varied, and expansive of any of the fifty states. The official Scenic and Historic Byways, so designated by the Colorado Department of Transportation, are linear slices through these landscapes that offer travellers and residents alike the opportunity to experience the real Colorado. Colorado Byways : A Guide Through Scenic and Historic Landscapes brings the natural and human stories of these twenty-one designated byways into focus -- to provide a deeper appreciation of them. Each route is described in the context of its physical and human geographical setting, highlighting the essence of place. The book offers a unique look at the out-of-the-way landscapes that make Colorado special. The byways range from the spectacular San Juan Skyway to the historically important Santa Fe Trail, from the exhilarating heights of the Alpine Loop to the rich cultures of Los Caminos Antiguos. Each byway chapter includes a narrative on the route's special character, a road log with detailed instructions on how to negotiate the byway, and information on various aspects of its natural and human landscapes.