Colorado State Highway 13

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State Highway 13

SH 13 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length128.00 mi[1] (206.00 km)
Major junctions
South end I-70 in Rifle
Major intersections
North end WYO 789 near Baggs
CountryUnited States
CountiesGarfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 12 SH 14

State Highway 13 (SH 13) in the U.S. state of Colorado is a north–south mountain route that travels from Rifle to the Wyoming border near Baggs, Wyoming, through the Rocky Mountains.

Route description

North on SH 13 as it enters Rio Blanco County, October 2012

The route begins at a diamond interchange with Interstate 70 south of Rifle. It then crosses the Colorado River and intersects U.S. Highway 6 at the south side of Rifle. Along the north side of town the road turns slightly northeastward as it passes through the northern Rifle and into grassland,[2] where it intersects State Highway 325. As the road turns back northward and then slightly northwestward, the surrounding terrain turns into a more barren land dotted with occasional shrubs and grass.[2] As the road continues northwestward, the shrubs and trees become more dense along hillsides. SH 13 then crosses into Rio Blanco County, when the direction becomes straight north. SH 13 then interchanges with State Highway 64, which meets its east end here, and turns abruptly eastward. SH 13 then becomes Market Street as it cuts through the south side of Meeker, paralleling the White River. Following an intersection with a local road leading to Meeker Airport, the road again turns northward back into rural Rio Grande County.

South on SH 13 (Yampa Avenue) in Craig, October 2019

Following several miles of barren land north of Meeker, SH 13 exits the White River Valley and enters mountainous terrain. The road then follows the Good Springs Creek valley to the Moffat county line. SH 13 continues through rural Moffat County and gradually turns eastward and again northward after several miles. Near Hamilton, the route's next destination, the road meets State Highway 317 and turns slightly northwestward. After a distance winding through barren land, the road reaches Craig, where it meets U.S. Highway 40 and begins a short concurrency through the city. Following the overlap SH 13 again moves northward, out of town and along the Fortification Creek valley. Here fields, are located along the road, moving northwestward.[2] Eventually, after moving along several miles of road through farmland, the road reaches the Wyoming state line. The road continues as Wyoming Highway 789 to Baggs.


The route was established in the 1920s and was paved by 1947. Minor changes corrected the route to its current routing today by 1985.[3]

SH 13 was once cosigned as SH 789.

Major intersections

GarfieldRifle0.0000.000 Airport Road / Taughenbaugh Boulevard / South 7th StreetRoundabout; southern terminus; Airport Rd. serves Grand River Health and Garfield County Regional Airport
0.1170.188 I-70 – Denver, Grand JunctionPartial dumbbell interchange; I-70 exit 90
0.2220.357Lions Park Circle – Visitor Info, Rest AreaNorth end of state maintenance
US 6 east (Centennial Parkway)
Southern end of US 6 concurrency

US 6 west to I-70 west – Grand Junction
South end of state maintenance; northern end of US 6 concurrency
SH 325 north – Rifle Falls, Rifle Mountain Park
Southern terminus of SH 325
Rio Blanco39.01062.781
SH 64 west – Rangely
Eastern terminus of SH 64
SH 317 east – Pagoda
Western terminus of SH 317

US 40 west – Vernal, Salt Lake
South end of US 40 overlap; mileposts change to reflect US 40 mileage
90.531145.696 SH 394 (Ranney Street)Northern terminus of SH 394; server Craig–Moffat Airport

US 40 east (E. 4th Street)
One-way street, outbound access only; mileposts change to reflect SR 13 mileage
89.706144.368 US 40 (Victory Way)One-way street, inbound access only; north end of US 40 overlap
WYO 789 north
Continuation into Wyoming
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 13". Retrieved 2007-05-12.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Microsoft; Nokia (2010-06-02). "Route Overview of SH 13" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  3. ^ Salek, Matthew E. (2014-11-08). "Colorado Routes 1-19". Retrieved 2015-05-23.

External links

Media related to Colorado State Highway 13 at Wikimedia Commons