Byways-National Heritage tour ceremony set for Aug. 25 |

Byways-National Heritage tour ceremony set for Aug. 25

Staff Report

There will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park near Grand Lake to commemorate the launch of a regional effort to promote the historic and scenic features of three Scenic Byways and a National Heritage Area.

The Vintage Time Traveler Model T Club will be on hand for the ribbon cutting as they make their way on a 4,820 mile tour to recreate the original National Park-to-Park auto tour of 1920. “President Teddy Roosevelt” will be on hand to do the honors at the ribbon cutting and give a short speech on the legacy of National Parks and the loop tour.

Last year, the Grand County Tourism Board, Visit Fort Collins, the Kremmling office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area, Grand County Economic Development Office, Cache La Poudre/NorthPark Scenic Byway Committee, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand County Historical Association and Visit Estes Park collaborated to create a map brochure and webpage encouraging visitors to explore this unique part of north central Colorado. “The Loop” includes the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway, The Cache La Poudre/North Park Scenic & Historic Byway, The Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area and the Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway. The promotion will include a brochure with highlights from each area and an easily accessible webpage with traveler information.

The loop tour encompasses 360 miles and passes through plains, foothills, mountain passes, mountain parks, river corridors and diverse communities such as Grand Lake, Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, Estes Park, Fort Collins and Walden. This often overlooked region offers unique stories from the past, present and future as water that is the lifeblood of the West is tamed, managed and conserved by intrepid pioneers.

For more information, contact Dede Fay, sales director for the Grand County Tourism Board, at 970-531-7020 or

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