U.S. Route 34 in Colorado

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U.S. Highway 34
US 34 (CO) map.svg
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length259.529 mi [1] (417.671 km)
Existed1972 [2] –present
Major junctions
West endUS 40.svg US 40 in Granby
 US 36.svg US 36 in Estes Park
US 287.svg US 287 in Loveland
I-25.svgUS 87.svg I-25 / US 87 near Loveland
US 85.svg US 85 in Greeley
US 6.svgI-76.svg US 6 / I-76 in Fort Morgan
US 385.svg US 385 in Wray
East endUS 34.svg US 34 near Laird
Counties Grand, Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Washington, Yuma
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
Colorado 30.svg SH 30 SH 35 Colorado 35.svg

U.S. Route 34 (US 34) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Granby, Colorado, to Berwyn, Illinois. In the U.S. state of Colorado, US 34 is a 260-mile-long (420 km) road that spans across northern Colorado. It begins at US 40 in Granby and ends at the Nebraska border, where it continues as US 34, east of Laird.

Granby, Colorado Statutory Town in Colorado, USA

Granby is a statutory town which is the most populous municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Granby is situated along U.S. Highway 40 in Middle Park about 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Denver and 14 miles (23 km) southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park. As of the 2010 census the town had a population of 1,864.

Berwyn, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

Berwyn is a suburban city in Cook County, Illinois, coterminous with Berwyn Township, which was formed in 1908 after breaking off from Cicero Township. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 56,657.

Colorado State of the United States of America

Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census.


Route description

View of US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, at an altitude above 11,000 feet Trail Ridge Road.jpg
View of US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, at an altitude above 11,000 feet
View of US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, at Rainbow Curve Rocky Mountain NP, Road 34 - Rainbow Curve - panoramio.jpg
View of US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park, at Rainbow Curve

Granby to Rocky Mountain National Park

The route begins in Granby at US 40. It then follows the Colorado River Valley near Granby Lake and enters Arapaho National Recreational Area. [3]

U.S. Route 40 in Colorado highway in Colorado

U.S. Route 40 (US 40) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Silver Summit, Utah, to Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the U.S. state of Colorado, US 40 is a major east–west route. It crosses the Rocky Mountains, passing over the Continental Divide at Berthoud Pass before descending to the front range. It then traverses through the Denver Metro Area, then exits by following Interstate 70 (I-70) and US 287. It is concurrent with US 287 for about 145 miles to Kit Carson. US 40 exits into Kansas east of Arapahoe in Cheyenne. At a length of almost 500 miles, US 40 is the longest numbered route in the state.

Colorado River major river in the western United States and Mexico

The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The 1,450-mile-long (2,330 km) river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. Starting in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border. After entering Mexico, the Colorado approaches the mostly dry Colorado River Delta at the tip of the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora.

Trail Ridge Road

After entering Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado's Front Range,[ citation needed ] US 34 follows the North Fork Colorado River through Kawuneeche Valley. It passes over Milner Pass and reaches the Alpine Visitor Center. Then it continues east, passing its highest point at 12,183 feet [4] near Fall River Pass. It exits the park at US 36 at Deer Ridge Junction.

Rocky Mountain National Park national park of the United States

Rocky Mountain National Park is an American national park located approximately 76 mi (122 km) northwest of Denver International Airport in north-central Colorado, within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The park is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west. The eastern and westerns slopes of the Continental Divide run directly through the center of the park with the headwaters of the Colorado River located in the park's northwestern region. The main features of the park include mountains, alpine lakes and a wide variety of wildlife within various climates and environments, from wooded forests to mountain tundra.

Front Range mountain range of the Southern Rocky Mountains of North America

The Front Range is a mountain range of the Southern Rocky Mountains of North America located in the central portion of the U.S. State of Colorado, and southeastern portion of the U.S. State of Wyoming. It is the first mountain range encountered as one goes westbound along the 40th parallel north across the Great Plains of North America.

US 34 here is the highest continuous highway in the United States. [4]

This section of US 34 requires a $30 national park entrance fee, making this segment into a toll road.

Estes Park to Loveland

From here, it passes by Estes Park as Eisenhower Boulevard, has a business route and enters Loveland, becoming a four-lane expressway. Here, it intersects I-25 and U.S. Highway 287.

Estes Park, Colorado Statutory Town in Colorado, United States

Estes Park is a statutory town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. Landmarks include The Stanley Hotel and The Baldpate Inn. The town overlooks Lake Estes and Olympus Dam.

Loveland, Colorado Home Rule Municipality in Colorado, United States

Loveland is the Home Rule Municipality that is the second most populous municipality in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Loveland is situated 46 miles (74 km) north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Loveland is the 14th most populous city in Colorado. The United States Census Bureau estimated that in 2014 the population of the city was 72,651. The city forms part of the Fort Collins-Loveland Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor. The city's public schools are part of the Thompson R2-J School District.

In the U.S. state of Colorado, Interstate 25 (I-25) follows the north–south corridor through Colorado Springs and Denver. The highway enters the state from the north near Carr and exits the state near Starkville. The highway also runs through the cities of Fort Collins, Loveland, and Pueblo. The route is concurrent with U.S. Highway 87 through the entire length of the state. I-25 replaced U.S. Highway 87 and most of U.S. Highway 85 for through traffic.

Greeley to Nebraska border

At Greeley, it passes by U.S. Highway 85 in a complex interchange [2] and U.S. 34 Business, and crosses the South Platte River. It also has an interchange with SH 257. [5] From here, it is no longer an expressway. It intersects SH 144 and SH 39, then joins I-76 at Wiggins. It leaves, and follows the North Fork Republican River east into Nebraska, where it intersects SH 71, SH 52, SH 63, SH 61, SH 59, and U.S. Highway 385.

Greeley, Colorado Home Rule Municipality in Colorado, United States

Greeley is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Greeley is in northern Colorado and is situated 49 miles (79 km) north-northeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. According to a July 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the city is 100,883, and a 2014 population estimate made Greeley the 12th-most populous city in Colorado. Greeley is a major city of the Front Range Urban Corridor.

U.S. Route 85 (US 85) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, north to the Canadian border in Fortuna, North Dakota. In the U.S. state of Colorado, US 85 begins at the New Mexico state line south of Starkville and ends at the Wyoming state line south of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

South Platte River principal tributary of the Platte River

The South Platte River is one of the two principal tributaries of the Platte River. Flowing through the U.S. states of Colorado and Nebraska, it is itself a major river of the American Midwest and the American Southwest/Mountain West. Its drainage basin includes much of the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado; much of the populated region known as the Colorado Front Range and Eastern Plains; and a portion of southeastern Wyoming in the vicinity of the city of Cheyenne. It joins the North Platte River in western Nebraska to form the Platte, which then flows across Nebraska to the Missouri. The river serves as the principal source of water for eastern Colorado. In its valley along the foothills in Colorado, it has permitted agriculture in an area of the Colorado Piedmont and Great Plains that is otherwise arid.


Parts of the route were originally designated as US 38. US 34 was extended into Colorado in 1939. [2]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi [1] kmDestinationsNotes
Grand Granby 0.0000.000US 40.svg US 40  Granby, Denver, Hot Sulphur Springs, Steamboat Springs West end of route
Grand Lake 14.68323.630West Portal Road Grand Lake and Village former SH 278
Larimer Deer Ridge Junction (RMNP)53.75886.515US 36.svg US 36 east Moraine Park, Bear Lake, Estes Park
Rocky Mountain National Park 55.54689.393 Old Fall River Road  Endovalley
57.68692.837Fall River Entrance Station
Estes Park 60.96598.114Business plate.svg
US 34.svg US 34 Bus. east (Elkhorn Avenue)
62.08199.910MacGregor Avenue Devils Gulch, Glen Haven former SH 262
62.507100.595No image wide.svgBusiness plate.svgNo image wide.svg
US 36.svgUS 34.svgColorado 7.svg US 36 / US 34 Bus. west (Elkhorn Avenue / St. Vrain Avenue) to SH 7  Lyons
Drake 75.584121.641CR 43 jct.svg CR 43 Glen Haven former SH 262
85.617137.787CR 27 jct.svg CR 27 Masonville former SH 186
Loveland 91.924147.937US 287.svg US 287 south (Cleveland Avenue) Longmont, Central Business District
92.009148.074US 287.svg US 287 north (Lincoln Avenue) Fort Collins
96.250154.899I-25.svg I-25 (US 87) Denver, Fort Collins
Weld Greeley 102.476164.919Business plate.svg
US 34.svg US 34 Bus. east (10th Street) Greeley
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
102.804165.447Colorado 257.svg SH 257  Windsor, Milliken
111.233179.01223rd Avenue / 27th Street
112.772181.489No image wide.svgBusiness plate.svg
US 85.svgUS 85.svg US 85 south / US 85 Bus. north (8th Avenue) Denver, Greeley
West end of US 85 overlap
113.136182.075US 85.svg US 85 north Cheyenne East end of US 85 overlap
115.411185.736Business plate.svg
US 34.svg US 34 Bus. west
117.251188.697CR 49 jct.svg CR 49 Hudson, Keenesburg former SH 37 south
Kersey 119.178191.798CR 53 jct.svg CR 53 / 1st Street Kersey former SH 37 north
Morgan 144.470232.502Colorado 144.svg SH 144  Orchard, Jackson Lake State Park
149.164240.056Colorado 39.svgColorado 52.svg SH 39 / SH 52  Goodrich, Wiggins
I-76.svg I-76 west (US 6 west) Denver Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; western end of I-76 overlap
73.130117.691Long Bridge RoadI-76 exit 73; former SH 144
I-76.svg I-76 east (US 6 east)Eastern end of I-76 overlap
Fort Morgan 162.962262.262Colorado 52.svgI-76.svg SH 52 north (Main Street) to I-76
Brush 172.414277.473Colorado 71.svgI-76.svg SH 71 north (Colorado Avenue) to I-76 West end of SH 71 overlap
173.570279.334Colorado 71.svg SH 71 south Last Chance, Limon East end of SH 71 overlap
173.852279.788US 6.svgI-76.svg To US 6 / I-76  Sterling
Washington Akron 196.336315.972Colorado 63.svg SH 63 (Cedar Avenue) Sterling, Anton
Otis 209.305336.844Colorado 61.svg SH 61 north (Dade Street) Sterling
Yuma Yuma 223.345359.439Colorado 59.svg SH 59 (Detroit Street) Haxtun
Wray 249.931402.225US 385.svg US 385 (Dexter Street) Holyoke
259.529417.671US 34.svg US 34 east Haigler, McCook Nebraska state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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    1. 1 2 "Segment Descriptions for Highway 34". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
    2. 1 2 3 Salek, Matthew E. (January 30, 2010). "Colorado US 34" . Retrieved March 17, 2010.[ self-published source? ]
    3. The United States (Map). National Geographic. October 2006.
    4. 1 2 "Destinations: Trail Ridge Road, Colorado" . Retrieved March 30, 2010.
    5. "Interchange Information for Highway 034" . Retrieved March 30, 2010.
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