A Drive Down Denver’s Loneliest Road Will Take You Miles And Miles Away From It All

Does anyone else think the city can sometimes be a little too… well, loud? Don’t get me wrong; I think that Denver is the best place on earth with its fascinating people, exciting events, and beautiful downtown, but sometimes I can’t help but long for a little quiet time. If you ever feel this way and just want to get away, take a drive down this quiet and historic Denver-area road that is sure to take you miles away from it all:

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Home to “Forty Miles of Western Adventure,” Denver’s historic Lariat Loop is just that: a quiet 40-mile National Scenic Byway that passes through some of the most beautiful scenery this side of the Rockies! Named for the Lariat Trail (a 5-mile trail that lead motorists up to Lookout Mountain), Lariat Loop is one of the city’s first gateways to the mountains and passes along winding roads, stunning mountain views, and lush forest as far as the eye can see. In addition to the colorful landscape, Lariat Loop — which is made up of both the Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive and Bear Creek Canyon Scenic Mountain Drive — drives through a number of must-visit landmarks, including the Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Dinosaur Ridge, and the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve. (While all of this may sound crowded and hectic, we can assure you that it really isn’t!)

For more information on the Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway, landmarks, and more, please visit the Lariat Loop Heritage Alliance’s website. Want to keep driving? Then check out these 10 Country Roads Near Denver That Are Pure Bliss.