Chaffee County Heritage & Byway

Logo Byway 5Chaffee County Heritage Area and the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway

As the Board’s administrative arm, GARNA helps to implement a plan to protect the rural landscapes, scenic views, public natural areas and historic places that give Chaffee County its sense of place. Under direction of the Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board, GARNA obtained Colorado Byway designation and administers byway management along the 57-mile corridor highlighting historic sites, scenic vistas, interpretive centers and world-class recreational activities in Chaffee County.

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view the Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway Conservation Plan

Key Accomplishments via Federal Highway Administration and State Historical Fund grants:

  • November 2005 – Colorado’s 25th Byway, the Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway was designated
  • November 2008 – Chaffee County Heritage Area / Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway Management Plan adopted
  • 2009 – Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway brochure completed – view the brochure
  • June 2009 – Three interpretive waysides installed at the Ohio-Colorado Smelter, at the Zebulon Pike Historic Wayside on Hwy 285 and overlooking the Leadville Stagecoach Road near Granite on Hwy 24
  • March 2011 – Development of Wayside Media Plan adopted
  • 2011 – Chaffee County Reconnaissance Survey completed – volunteers documented over 1,000 historic resources county-wide
  • August 2012 – Crossroads of the Rockies Welcome Center in Poncha Springs completed
  • 2013 – Chaffee County Historic Resource Survey completed – a survey of 65 properties to determine eligibility for state and national historic registers
  • 2013 – Five more interpretive waysides installed at in downtown Salida and Buena Vista, in Poncha Springs at the Crossroads Welcome Center, at the Chalk Cliffs overlook on Hwy 285 and at Fisherman’s Bridge rec site
  • 2014 – Beginning work on nominations of 7 historic properties for the National and State Registers of Historic Places made possible from a grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund.
  • 2015 – Completed nominations of 7 historic properties for the National and State Registers of Historic Places – Granite Stage Stop, Kelley/Coleman/Wallace/McDonald House, Pease/Dake/Fay House, Comanche Drive-In, Wilber Homestead/Franzel Farm, Rock Ledge Ranch, Salida Livestock Sales, Inc, and Pedro/Botz House
  • 2015 – Grant awarded by the Colorado State Historical Fund for the nomination of 6 more historic properties to the National and State Registers of Historic Places
  • 2015 – Completed Colorado Scenic Byways Economic Development Strategies Plan including the Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway
  • 2016 – Completed Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway Conservation Plan
  • 2016 – Completed nominations of the Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds and Pine Hall in Granite for the National and State Registers of Historic Places made possible from a grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund

Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board meetings

The Heritage Board usually meets every six weeks on Thursday; alternating between Salida and Buena Vista.

Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, February 23, 2017 12-2 pm Salida
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12-2 pm Buena Vista
Thursday, May 18, 2017 12-2 pm Salida
Thursday, June 29, 2017 12-2 pm Salida
Thursday, August 17, 2017 12-2 pm Buena Vista
Thursday, September 28, 2017 12-2 pm Salida
Thursday, November 9, 2017 12-2 pm Salida

Minutes Archive:

January 12 2017 DRAFT
December 15, 2016

November 10, 2016

October 6, 2016

August 18, 2016
July 7, 2016

May 26, 2016
April 14, 2016

February 25, 2016
January 7, 2016

For more information about the Heritage Area and Byway programs, visit:

Chaffee County Heritage Area
Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway

Collegiate Peaks Byway designation

Collegiate Peaks Byway designation

Crossroads Welcome Center

Crossroads Welcome Center, 7001 W Hwy 50, Poncha Springs, CO 81242

Chalk Cliffs overlook

Chalk Cliffs overlook


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