Beginning at Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 near the town of Minturn, U.S. 24 heads south through the Eagle River valley, between the Sawatch and Gore Ranges, to Leadville. The route continues south from Leadville along the Arkansas River and west of Mosquito Range, to merge with U.S. 285 at Johnson Village. The two routes turns east across mountains of San Isabel National Forest and Kaufman Range to Antero Junction. U.S. 285 continues north from there to Fairplay while U.S. 24 shifts east to Hartsel, the Puma Hills and Ute Pass.
East from Colorado 67 and the community of Divide, U.S. 24 expands to four lanes to Woodland Park, Cascade and the west side of Colorado Springs. Following the Midland Expressway, U.S. 24 angles southeast to merge with Interstate 25 around Downtown Colorado Springs. A short freeway segment extends the route east from I-25 at Exit 139 to Chelton Road, with Fountain Road continuing the highway as a controlled access arterial to Colorado 21 (Powers Boulevard).
Powers Boulevard constitutes a north-south bypass with expressway sections through east Colorado Springs and by Colorado Springs Airport (COS). U.S. 24 utilizes Powers Boulevard (Colorado 21) north 2.4 miles to Platte Avenue, which leads the route out of the eastern Colorado Springs suburbs toward Falcon.
The remainder of U.S. 24 in eastern Colorado travels through rural areas. Passing through Calhan, Ramah and Simla, U.S. 24 gradually increases in latitude to Limon, where it joins Interstate 70 along an unsigned overlap east to Flagler. The US route emerges from the freeway as a local route through Siebert, Vona, Stratton, Bethune and Burlington. Exiting the state, U.S. 24 again overlaps with I-70 to Kanorado, Kansas.
U.S. 24 historically ran west along side U.S. 6 from Dowd to U.S. 50 at Grand Junction. The long concurrency was eliminated with AASHTO approval on November 15, 1975. This action also dropped U.S. 24 Bypass from Grand Junction.
|U.S. 24 transitions to Cimarron Street east of 8th Street and ahead of Interstate 25. A parclo interchange originally joined the two routes just west of Monument Creek. The Colorado Springs Metropolitan Expansion Project underway through December 2017 upgrades the exchange into a single point urban interchange. Photo taken 11/13/03.|
|These scenes look at the former traffic and ramp pattern along U.S. 24 (Cimarron Street) east at Interstate 25. Photos taken 11/13/03.|
|Side Trip - Garden of the Gods|
|U.S. 24 passes to the south of the Garden of the Gods through west Colorado Springs. These scenes look at the regional park located off 30th Street. Photos taken 11/13/03.|
|The red rock formations within Garden of the Gods park are similar to those found in Red Rocks Amphitheater west of Denver. Photos taken 11/13/03.|
11/13/03 by AARoads
Page Updated 05-04-2017.