Colorado State Highway 65

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State Highway 65

Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway
SH 65 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length61.377 mi[1] (98.777 km)
Major junctions
South end SH 92 near Delta
North end I-70 / US 6 near Palisade
CountryUnited States
CountiesDelta, Mesa
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 64 SH 66

State Highway 65 (SH 65) is a state highway in Colorado that crosses the Grand Mesa. The highway along with a road to Lands End Overlook were designated as the Grand Mesa National Scenic Byway in 1996.[2] SH 65's southern terminus is at SH 92 east of Delta, and its northern terminus is at Interstate 70 (I-70) and U.S. Route 6 (US 6) northeast of Palisade.

Route description

Southern terminus at SH 92

SH 65 runs 61.4 miles (98.8 km), starting at a junction with SH 92 east of Delta. The highway heads north, crossing the Gunnison River, through Orchard City and Cedaredge. The highway then enters Grand Mesa National Forest climbing to the top of Grand Mesa. It then drops down the north side of Grand Mesa, ending at a junction with I-70 northeast of Palisade.

Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway

The byway runs north from Cedaredge along Highway 65, to the top of the Grand Mesa at more than 10,000 feet (3,000 m). It also includes Land's End Road to the Land's End Observatory from Highway 65. The byway continues past Island Lake, one of more than 300 trout-filled lakes in Grand Mesa National Forest. On the north side of the Mesa are the towns of Mesa, Collbran, and Powderhorn Ski Resort.[3][4] The byway continues along De Beque Canyon, with its colorful sandstone bluffs, and eventually meets Interstate 70 in the town of De Beque.

Historic and scenic byway designations:

Scenic Overlooks include:[4]

  • Cedaredge overlook - an easy access overlook
  • Land O Lakes overlook - a 1/4 mile moderate walk by foot
  • Island Lake - an easy access overlook with restrooms and accessible boat ramp
  • Grand Mesa Visitor Center - easy to moderate access with restrooms
  • Mesa Lakes Lodge area - an easy to moderate access with restrooms
  • Jumbo Lakes area - an easy access overlook with restrooms
  • Skyway Point - an easy access
  • Powderhorn - an easy access overlook with restrooms
  • I-70 pullout and interpretation information
Grand Mesa and Mt. Garfield, near Grand Junction, Colorado

Major intersections

DeltaSaunders0.0000.000 SH 92 – Hotchkiss, DeltaSouthern terminus
Cedaredge10.85617.471Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway begins
SH 330 east – Collbran
Western terminus of SH 330
61.37798.777 I-70 / US 6 – Grand Junction, RifleNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


See also


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 65". Retrieved January 21, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway". America's Byways. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Grand Mesa Scenic Byway Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway Association. 2010-2011.
  4. ^ a b Grand Mesa Scenic Byway Map Archived September 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway Association. 2010-2011.

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