Welcome to the San Juan Skyway
Welcome to Cortez, Colorado, and the San Juan Skyway — a 232-mile loop drive that will take you into the heart of the San Juan Mountains on state-maintained, paved highways.
The San Juan Skyway was designated a Forest Service Scenic Byway in 1988 and a State Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989. The San Juan Skyway was recognized for its national significance and as a destination in itself as an All-American Road in 1997.
The San Juan Skyway crosses the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests, spanning elevations from 6,200 feet near Cortez to 11,008 on Red Mountain Pass. Your journey will take you from rolling, sagebrush-covered mesas with ancient sites and artifacts to Victorian mining towns, ranching communities, historic mining districts, high-elevation mountain passes, and views of 14,000-foot peaks. The San Juan Skyway is truly one of the most scenic drives in America.
Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1988.
Erected by US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and San Juan Mountains Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment
Location. 37° 20.953′ N, 108° 34.37′ W. Marker is in Cortez, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is on Mildred Road north of Main Street (U.S. 160), on the left when traveling north. Marker is at the Colorado Welcome Center kiosk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 928 East Main Street, Cortez CO 81321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Four Corners Resettled (here, next to this marker); Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (here, next to this marker); The Native Americans (here, next to this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Owl Café (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cortez Public School (Calkins) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Belmont Bar (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cortez.
Regarding Welcome to the San Juan Skyway. Marker has limited historical information.
Also see . . .
1. San Juan Skyway. (Submitted on November 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. San Juan Skyway. (Submitted on November 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.