Driving on the Lariat Loop National Scenic and Historic Byway, you’ll enjoy some spectacular mountain views, a chance to see buffalo, visit Coors Brewery, visit Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, and explore a few mountain towns. The roughly 36-mile byway loops through Morrison, Golden and Evergreen – but at the most you’re never more than an hour from downtown Denver.
The actual drive time around the Lariat Loop National Scenic & Historic Byway takes about one hour. But, plan on several hours because you’ll want
to make lots of stops.
Start in Morrison, take the winding Hwy 74 through Bear Creek Canyon to the heart of Evergreen. Stop and explore the town’s historic center, then continue on Hwy 74 north to I-70. Take I-70 to Exit 254.
Stop at the Buffalo Overlook then take US 40 E about 1.3 miles then turn left onto S. Lookout Mountain Road. Turn right to continue eastward, perhaps stopping at the Buffalo Bill Museum along the way, and enjoy the scenery as you descend into Golden. From Golden, you can go directly back to Denver, or return to Morrison completing the loop.
Click on Lariat Loop for a video and map of this scenic byway, with a list of the many museums and stops you can make during the drive.