Colorado State Highway 71

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State Highway 71

Map of eastern Colorado with SH 71 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length224.65 mi[1] (361.54 km)
Major junctions
South end US 350 near La Junta
Major intersections
North end N-71 south of Kimball
CountryUnited States
CountiesOtero, Crowley, Lincoln, Washington, Morgan, Weld
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 69 SH 72

State Highway 71 (CO 71 or SH 71) is a 224-mile-long (360 km) state highway passing several other highways in northern and central Colorado. SH 71's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 350 (US 350) near La Junta, and the northern terminus is a continuation as Nebraska Highway 71 (N-71) at the Nebraska border, which eventually crosses into South Dakota as South Dakota Highway 71 (SD-71), making Highway 71 a triple-state highway.

State Highway 71 is the subject of a truck freight diversion feasibility study being conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation to explore diverting truck traffic from Interstate 25.[2]

Route description

SH 71 as it enters Snyder
Looking North on Colorado State Highway 71

SH 71 begins at its southern terminus with U.S. Route 350 in La Junta, Colorado. It proceeds north into Crowley County and the city of Ordway, where it is signed as Phantom Avenue. The highway continues northward to a junction with Interstate 70 (I-70) adjacent to US 24.

In La Junta, the highway continues north for several miles to Ordway, then it takes a northeast turn to Limon. It then goes back north and skirts the town of Brush. It then heads through rural country to Nebraska.

In Stoneham, the state portion of the road overlaps County Road 142 and heads to the north. The route takes a northeast turn and continues in to Nebraska as N-71.

Major intersections

Otero0.000.00 US 350 – Trinidad, La Junta, TimpasSouthern terminus
SH 10 west – Walsenburg
south end of SH 10 overlap
SH 10 east – La Junta
north end of SH 10 overlap
Rocky Ford14.5423.40

US 50 east / SH 266 east – Cheraw, La Junta
south end of US 50 overlap; western terminus of SH 266

SH 202 west
Eastern terminus of SH 202
US 50 west – Pueblo
north end of US 50 overlap
SH 96 west – Pueblo
south end of SH 96 overlap
SH 96 east – Eads, Ordway Business District
north end of SH 96 overlap
LincolnPunkin Center72.6116.8 SH 94 – Colorado Springs, Kit Carson

US 24 west / US 40 west / US 287 north to I-70 – Denver
south end of US 24 / US 40 / US 287 overlap

US 24 east / US 40 east / US 287 south to I-70 – Burlington
north end of US 24 / US 40 / US 287 overlap
WashingtonLast Chance138.02222.12 US 36 – Denver, Anton

US 34 east to I-76 – Sterling, Wray
south end of US 34 overlap
US 34 west
north end of US 34 overlap
176.45283.97 I-76 (US 6) – Denver, Fort Morgan, SterlingI-76 exit 90. (Denver is not explicitly signed for I-76 West at the intersection - only Fort Morgan)
SH 14 east – Sterling
south end of SH 14 overlap
SH 14 west – Ault, Fort Collins
north end of SH 14 overlap
N-71 north – Kimball
Continues north at Nebraska state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 71". Retrieved 2007-05-12.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Resources". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2022-04-23.

External links