Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway

The Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway is a 40-mile route in the foothills between Golden, Morrison, and Evergreen about 20 miles west of Denver, Colorado. The byway includes portions of State Highway 93 between Golden and Morrison, State Highway 74 from Morrison to Evergreen via Bear Creek Canyon, and the same road north to Interstate 70, which bisects the loop. The Lariat Trail connects Golden with the top of Lookout Mountain and Lookout Mountain Road completes the loop back to Interstate 70. This route formed the foundation for the surrounding 150-sq-mile area’s designation as a Colorado Heritage Area in 2000; the Byway was so designated by the Colorado Dept. of Transportation and Governor Owens in April 2002. The Lariat Loop connects to the Mount Evans Scenic Byway via Squaw Pass Road.

The Lariat Loop Byway blends natural, cultural, and historic attributes in a route that has been promoted as a tourist destination since 1914 and can be enjoyed in a half-day’s drive from Denver. Along the route are dozens of historic sites, scenic parks, and other attractions (see list below), many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although the Lariat Loop is not listed, it comprises two registered routes, the Bear Creek Canyon Scenic Mountain Drive and the Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive.

The Lariat Loop encompasses parts of Denver’s original “circle drives,” within the unique Denver Mountain Parks system designed by F.L. Olmsted, Jr, in 1914. The diverse geography of the foothills setting offers dense forests, mountain vistas, winding roads, rocky outcrops and ridges, and historic “beauty spots.” Many of these scenic areas have become county or city parks and are accessible to the public.

All roads along the Lariat Loop Byway are accessible via passenger vehicle, with convenient services, year-round. Open Space and Mountain Parks are protected areas and all wildlife and plants are protected. Wildfire is an ever-present risk; please be careful and observe any posted restrictions. No other special considerations are necessary.

Lariat Loop attractions include:

Jefferson County Open Space Parks
Denver Mountain Parks
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve
Boettcher Mansion
Chief Hosa Lodge
Humphrey Memorial Park & Museum
Evergreen Lake
Hiwan Homestead Museum
Morrison Natural History Museum
Morrison Historical District
Dinosaur Ridge
Red Rocks Park and Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Mother Cabrini Shrine
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
Foothills Art Center
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Golden Visitors Center
Golden Pioneer Museum
Astor House Museum
Clear Creek History Park
Colorado Railroad Museum

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Golden, Colorado
Location in Jefferson County and the state of Colorado
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State Colorado
County Jefferson
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Morrison, Colorado
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Evergreen, Colorado
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City and County of Denver

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Nickname: The Mile-High City
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State of Colorado

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Nickname(s): The Centennial State
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Capital Denver
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Route 93 or Highway 93 can refer to:

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  • British Columbia Highway 93
  • Highway 93 (Ontario)

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  • Interstate 93
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The following highways have been numbered 74:

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  • M74 motorway
  • A74 road

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  • Interstate 74
  • U.S. Route 74
  • State Route 74 (Alabama)
  • State Route 74 (Arizona)
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Main route of the Interstate Highway System

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1956 (completed in 1992)

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The Mount Evans Scenic Byway begins at the junction of Interstate 70 and Colorado State Highway 103 near Idaho Springs, Colorado and continues on Colorado State Highway 5 through the Mount Evans Wilderness Area where it ends near the summit of Mount Evans.
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City and County of Denver

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National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) established the National Register and the process for adding properties
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The Denver Mountain Parks system contains 14,000 acres (57 km²) of parklands in the mountains and foothills of Jefferson County, Clear Creek County, Douglas County,and Grand County, Colorado, west of Denver.
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The Denver Mountain Parks system contains 14,000 acres (57 km²) of parklands in the mountains and foothills of Jefferson County, Clear Creek County, Douglas County,and Grand County, Colorado, west of Denver.
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Location: Morrison, Colorado

Built/Founded: 1928
Architect: Hoyt,Burnham; Rosche,W. R.
Architectural style(s): Pueblo
Added to NRHP: May 18, 1990

NRHP Reference#: 90000725 [1]
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure in Red Rocks Park near Morrison, Colorado (west of Denver), where concerts are given in the open air amphitheatre. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Established 1977
Research Type Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Budget $210 Million

Director Dan E. Arvizu

Staff 1,230

Location Golden, CO
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Colorado Railroad Museum

Established 1959
Location 17155 W 44th Ave
Golden CO 80403
Type railroad museum
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