Colorado State Highway 71

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State Highway 71
Colorado State Highway 71 Map.svg
Map of eastern Colorado with SH 71 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length224.65 mi [1] (361.54 km)
Major junctions
South endUS 350.svg US 350 near La Junta
North endN-71.svg N-71 south of Kimball
Counties Otero, Crowley, Lincoln, Washington, Morgan, Weld
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
Colorado 69.svg SH 69 Colorado 72.svg SH 72

State Highway 71 (CO 71 or SH 71) is a 224-mile-long (360 km) state highway passing several other highways in northern and central Colorado. SH 71's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 350 (US 350) near La Junta, and the northern terminus is a continuation as Nebraska Highway 71 (N-71) at the Nebraska border.


State Highway 71 is the subject of a truck freight diversion feasibility study being conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation to explore diverting truck traffic from Interstate 25. [2]

Route description

SH 71 as it enters Snyder Snyder, Colorado.JPG
SH 71 as it enters Snyder

SH 71 begins at its southern terminus with US 330 in La Junta, Colorado. It proceeds north into Crowley County and the city of Ordway, where it is signed as Phantom Avenue. The highway continues northward to a junction with Interstate 70 (I-70) adjacent to US 24.

In La Junta, the highway continues north for several miles to Ordway, then it takes a northeast turn to Limon. It then goes back north and skirts the town of Brush. It then heads through rural country to Nebraska

In Stoneham, the state portion of the road overlaps County Road 142 and heads to the north. The route takes a northeast turn and continues in to Nebraska as N-71.

Major intersections

Otero 0.000.00US 350.svg US 350  Trinidad, La Junta, Timpas Southern terminus
9.0314.53Colorado 10.svg SH 10 west Walsenburg south end of SH 10 overlap
9.615.4Colorado 10.svg SH 10 east La Junta north end of SH 10 overlap
Rocky Ford 14.5423.40US 50.svgColorado 266 wide.svg US 50 east / SH 266 east Cheraw, La Junta south end of US 50 overlap; western terminus of SH 66
Colorado 202 wide.svg SH 202 westEastern terminus of SH 202
16.1626.01US 50.svg US 50 west Pueblo north end of US 50 overlap
Crowley Ordway 26.6542.89Colorado 96.svg SH 96 west Pueblo south end of SH 96 overlap
26.8843.26Colorado 96.svg SH 96 east Eads, Ordway Business Districtnorth end of SH 96 overlap
Lincoln Punkin Center 72.6116.8Colorado 94.svg SH 94  Colorado Springs, Kit Carson
Limon 101.06162.64US 24.svgUS 40.svgUS 287.svgI-70.svg US 24 west / US 40 west / US 287 north to I-70  Denver south end of US 24 / US 40 / US 287 overlap
101.97164.10US 24.svgUS 40.svgUS 287.svgI-70.svg US 24 east / US 40 east / US 287 south to I-70  Burlington north end of US 24 / US 40 / US 287 overlap
Washington Last Chance 138.02222.12US 36.svg US 36  Denver, Anton
Morgan 174.36280.61US 34.svgI-76.svg US 34 east to I-76  Sterling, Wray south end of US 34 overlap
Brush 175.49282.42US 34.svg US 34 westnorth end of US 34 overlap
176.45283.97I-76.svg I-76 (US 6) Denver, Fort Morgan, Sterling I-76 exit 90. (Denver is not explicitly signed for I-76 West at the intersection - only Fort Morgan)
Weld 201.64324.51Colorado 14.svg SH 14 east Sterling south end of SH 14 overlap
205.52330.75Colorado 14.svg SH 14 west Ault, Fort Collins north end of SH 14 overlap
232.9374.8N-71.svg N-71 north Kimball Continues north at Nebraska state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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  1. "Segment list for SH 71" . Retrieved 2007-05-12.[ permanent dead link ]
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