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The Loneliest Road

US Hwy 50, Colorado Springs to Sacramento
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  Hwy 50 from Colorado Springs (Cos) to Sacramento is one of the most beautiful roads in America. Well maintained and helpfully... more »

Tips:  Best time to go? I'd say, late spring and early fall. Sometimes Hwy 50 can be closed in the winter in Colorado and Utah. In early June... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Arkansas River

Hwy 50 parallels the Arkansas River from Canon City to Blue Mesa Reservoir. In mid-June it is full from snow runoff in the mountains. There are many locations to pull off the road and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. If you're lucky, you may even here the high pitched screech of "raft-paddling parakeets."

2. Arches National Park

About 25 miles south of Hwy 50, off US 191, is Arches National Park. If you admire wild and crazy rock formations, you should not pass up the opportunity to drive and/or hike through this park. Be sure to stop at the park entrance and invest some time in the information center. The various turn outs and trail heads have well tended and... More

3. San Rafael Reef

From this point, we drove through a 250 million year old sea bed, all the way to the Wasatch Mountain Range, the eastern boundary of the Great Basin of the American west. Two pictures exhibit just some of the possibilities along the way.

Baker, NV is the first little town we encountered in NV. We stayed here on our way back to CoS. The Silver Jack Inn is quaint, but the room was clean and the food was good. Just west of town is the Great Basin National Park and Lehman Caves (also run by the National Park Service). The Wheeler Mtn scenic drive is beautiful. We didn't have time to... More

5. Nevada salt flats & sand

Before we left on this trip we discovered that Nevada has 314 mountain ranges -- most of any state. We'd thought it was mostly flat with salt and sand. We saw many of the ranges, but we also found some salt and sand one evening.

6. Lake Tahoe, Eastern Shore

While it's faster to drive to Sacramento on I80, it's worth the extra 45 minutes to drive on Hwy 50. The eastern shore of Lake Tahoe is gorgeous, as is the road through Eldorado National Forest on the way to Placerville. If you have time, be sure to stop at the "Grocery Outlet" store on S Lake Tahoe Blvd; great deals on food and some of the best... More