U.S. Route 160 in Colorado

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U.S. Highway 160

Map of Colorado with US 160 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length490.0 mi (788.6 km)
Major junctions
West end US 160 at the New Mexico state line
Major intersections
East end US-160 at the Kansas state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesMontezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Mineral, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Baca
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 159 SH 165

U.S. Route 160 (US 160) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Tuba City, Arizona, to Poplar Bluff, Missouri. In the State of Colorado, US 160 starts at the New Mexico state line southwest of Cortez and ends at the Kansas state line east of Springfield.

Route description

US 160 entering the Wolf Creek Pass tunnel

US 160 enters Colorado near the Four Corners Monument. It goes northeast and intersects US 491, then turns north to enter Cortez with US 491. East of Cortez, a road leads south from US 160 to Mesa Verde National Park. It continues east to Durango, where it intersects US 550. After overlapping with US 550 south of Durango, US 160 turns east and meets US 84 at Pagosa Springs. It then goes northeast and crosses the Continental Divide at Wolf Creek Pass, the area made popular in 1975 in C.W. McCall's album Wolf Creek Pass.

US 160 in La Veta Pass

From Wolf Creek Pass, US 160 continues northeast and turns east at South Fork. At Monte Vista, an overlap begins with US 285, which continues southeast into Alamosa. It turns east, then goes northeast to go through North La Veta Pass, then continues east to Walsenburg, where it intersects Interstate 25 (I-25).

The Spanish Peaks (East Spanish Peak at far left, West Spanish Peak to its right) and Trinchera Peak in the distance, taken from along U.S. 160, about 8 miles (13 km) west of Walsenburg

From Walsenburg, US 160 continues south with I-25 to Trinidad, then turns northeast to intersect US 350. It continues east, passing through the Comanche National Grassland before intersecting the concurrent US 287 and US 385 south of Springfield. It continues east and enters Kansas east of Walsh.


U.S. Highway 164

LocationFlagstaff, AZCortez, CO

As commissioned in 1930 the western terminus was Trinidad.[1] In 1939, US 160 absorbed all of former route U.S. Highway 450 which ran from US 50 at Crescent Junction, Utah to US 85 at Walsenburg.[2]

In 1970, many US Highways in the Four Corners region were realigned. US 160 was diverted southwesterly from Cortez to follow its present route past the Four Corners into Arizona, absorbing the route numbered U.S. Highway 164.[3]

In 2021, the portion of the highway between Walsenburg and the highway's junction with Colorado State Highway 12 was designated a National Scenic Byway. The designation, which includes State Highway 12 and the county roads over Cordova Pass, is called the Scenic Highway of Legends.[4]

Junction list

US 160 west – Four Corners, Flagstaff AZ
Continuation into New Mexico
4.97.9 SH 41Southern Terminus of SH-41
18.229.3 US 491 – ShiprockWestern end of US 491 concurrency
Cortez37.961.0 US 491 – MonticelloEastern end of US 491 concurrency
40.364.9 SH 145 – TellurideSouthern Terminus of SH-145
Mancos4572Mesa Top Ruins Road – Mesa Verde National ParkInterchange
US 160 Bus.
56.090.1 SH 184 – Dolores
US 160 Bus.
La PlataHesperus72.7117.0 SH 140 – Kline, Redmesa
Durango83.2133.9 US 550 – SilvertonWestern end of US 550 concurrency
SH 3 north
87.6141.0 US 550 – BloomfieldEastern end of US 550 concurrency
90.6145.8 Wilson Gulch DriveInterchange; access to Mercy Regional Medical Center
90.6145.8 SH 172 – OxfordAccess to Durango-La Plata County Airport
US 160 Bus.
US 160 Bus.
Archuleta126.1202.9 SH 151 – Arboles
Pagosa Springs143.5230.9
US 84 south – Chama
Northern terminus of US 84
MineralNo major intersections
Rio GrandeSouth Fork184.9297.6 SH 149 – Rio Grande National Forest
Del Norte200.9323.3 SH 112 – Center
Monte Vista214.5345.2

US 285 north (North Broadway) / SH 15 south (South Broadway)
Western end of US 285 concurrency
AlamosaAlamosa231.6372.7 SH 17 south / US 285 – AntonitoEastern end of US 285 concurrency; western end of SH 17 concurrency
Rio Grande232.6374.3Bridge
Alamosa East232.8374.7
SH 17 north – Salida, Buena Vista
Eastern end of SH 17 concurrency
SH 150 north – Great Sand Dunes National Park
Fort Garland257.1413.8 SH 159 – San Luis
Huerfano292.9471.4 SH 12 – La Veta

I-25 BL south (Main Street south) to I-25 south
Western end of I-25 Bus. concurrency
304.3489.7Main Street north (I-25 BL north)Eastern end of I-25 Bus. concurrency

I-25 north (US 85 / US 87 north) / SH 10 east – Pueblo, La Junta
Western end of I-25/US 85/US 87 concurrency; I-25 exit 50; western terminus of SH 10
See I-25
Las AnimasTrinidad340.4547.8
I-25 south (US 85 / US 87 south) / Goddard Avenue
Eastern end of I-25/US 85/US 87 concurrency; I-25 exit 15

SH 239 north
No access eastbound
341.2549.1 Main Street / Santa Fe Trail Scenic BywayServes Mt. San Rafael Hospital; former US 160 west
US 350 east / Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway – La Junta
Access to Perry Stokes Airport
375.8604.8 SH 389 – Branson
409.5659.0 SH 109 – La Junta
BacaSpringfield457.1735.6 US 287 / US 385 – Amarillo, Odessa, Denver, Lamar
465.0748.3 SH 100 – Vilas
US-160 east – Johnson City
Continuation into Kansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

==See also==* List of U.S. Highways in Colorado


  1. ^ U.S. Highway Ends by Dale Sanderson (Mapguy), Last Retrieved September 25, 2007
  2. ^ U.S. Highway Ends by Dale Sanderson (Mapguy), Last Retrieved September 25, 2007
  3. ^ U.S. Highway Ends by Dale Sanderson (Mapguy), Last Retrieved September 25, 2007
  4. ^ "Two New National Scenic Byways for Colorado". Colorado Department of Transportation. State of Colorado. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-02-21.

External links

Media related to U.S. Route 160 in Colorado at Wikimedia Commons

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