Frisco Scenic Drives

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Independence Pass Loop

Drive high in the sky on this loop!  From Frisco, head West on I-70 for 6 miles to exit 195 for CO-91 Copper Mountain/Leadville.  Follow CO-91 through Leadville to CO-82. You will see signs for Twin Lakes Reservoir.  Continue on CO-82 to Aspen by going over Independence Pass.  This section of the drive is the most technical with hairpin turns, steep dropoffs without guardrails and significant elevation gain/loss.  Follow CO-82  all the way through Aspen to I-70 at Glenwood Springs and head back East on I-70 90 miles to Frisco.

 

Vail/Camp Hale/Leadville Loop

SO much to see on this drive!  From Frisco, head West on I-70 for 6 miles to exit 195 for CO-91 Copper Mountain/Leadville.   Just before Leadville, turn right and head back North on US-24.  This will take you through Camp Hale, over Tennessee Pass and past the towns of Red Cliff and Gilman (a ghost town) and eventually ending up at the Town of Minturn.  Head East on I-70 West which will bring you past Vail back to Frisco.

 

Boreas Pass/Hoosier Pass Loop

In the Fall, a great Aspen leaf-changing show! From Frisco, drive South on CO-9 14.5 miles through the Town of Breckenridge and turn left on Boreas Pass Road.  Take Boreas Pass Road all the way to the Town of Como.  Turn right on US-285 and head back to the Town of Fairplay.   Turn right and head North on CO-9 back over Hoosier Pass (Continental Divide) and through the Town of Breckenridge back to Frisco.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Loop

Wildlife and scenery are abundant on this “bucket list” drive!  Take I-70 West to exit 205 for Silverthorne/Dillon.  Turn left and head North on CO-9 for 16 miles.  Turn left onto SCR-30 Heeney Road for a scenic loop around the Green Mountain Reservoir, or stay straight on CO-9.  Take Heeney Road all the way around the reservoir to where it returns to CO-9 if desired.  Continue North (left) on CO-9 for another 12 miles to the Town of Kremmling.  Head East on US-40 26 miles to where it intersects US-34.  US-34 is also known as Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.  Once you drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, drive through Estes Park and head East on CO-66/US-36 towards Boulder.  In Boulder, continue onto CO-93 South towards Golden.  From Golden you have the choice of driving through Clear Creek Canyon on US-6 West back to I-70 West, or take I-70 West the entire way back to Frisco by taking US-6 South of Golden.

 

Loveland Pass Loop with Lake Dillon/Sapphire Point Overlook Option

Before the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel, this was the only way to get to Denver!

From Frisco, take I-70 East to exit 205 for Silverthorne/Dillon.  Turn right onto US-6, and follow this road for 15 miles to the top of Loveland Pass.  Or: take Main Street to CO-9 and turn right (South).  In approximately 3.5 miles, turn left onto Swan Mountain Road.  Follow Swan Mountain Road to Saphire Point Overlook, parking on your lefthand side.  Stop for a short walk, then continue on Swan Mountain Road until you reach US-6.  Turn right (East) on US-6 up to Loveland Pass.   You are now on the Continental Divide.  Continue to follow the road down US-6 back to I-70.  Head West to exits 203 or 201 bring you back to Frisco.

 

Rabbit Ears Pass/Steamboat Springs

A unique loop North of Frisco into Grand and Routt counties.  From Frisco, head East on I-70 to exit 205 for Silverthorne/Dillon.  Head North by turning left on CO-9 for 37 miles to the Town of Kremmling.  Turn left and head West on US-40 for 30 miles over Rabbit Ears Pass and another 21 miles into the Town of Steamboat Springs.