The Top of the Rockies Byway passes through the towns of Leadville and Twin Lakes, where visitors see two commerce centers for the 19th century industrial west. Some of the highlights of the byway include Camp Hale and Ski Cooper,home to the 10th Mountain Division; Climax Mine, early molybdenum mine; and the Sawatch mountain range, which harbors 15 of Colorado's 54 fourteeners.
Elevation: 9,600 Feet
Ending elevation: 9,300 Feet
Elevation Gain: 600 Feet
Distance: 82 Miles
Directions: From Buena Vista, Drive north on Highway 24. When you reach the junction for Highway 82 Top of the Rockies Byway begins. From this point you may travel west on 82 to Twin Lakes and Independence Pass or north to Leadville.
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