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.

view the Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway Conservation Plan

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

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, September 28, 2017 12-2 pm Salida
Thursday, November 9, 2017 12-2 pm Salida

Minutes Archive:

August 17 2017 DRAFT
May 18 2017
April 6, 2017

February 23 2017

January 12, 2017

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


GARNA is the Arkansas River Valley’s only local broadly focused conservation and educational institution with non-profit status. GARNA is supported by membership fees…will you join us?

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