U.S. 34

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U.S. 34 connects north central Colorado, with Chicago, Illinois, following a path across the Great Plains and Upper Midwest. Within Colorado, U.S. 34 begins at U.S. 40 in Granby and immediately begins to ascend toward Rocky Mountain National Park, passing by Grand Lake before entering the park. Open only in summer, U.S. 34 follows Trail Ridge Road over the top of the Rocky Mountains, rising to elevations over 12,000 feet (the highest point is 12,183 feet, one of the highest elevations on the U.S. Highway System). The highway then descends from alpine heights, meeting U.S. 36 at Deer Ridge Junction. U.S. 34 then travels into Estes Park.

Estes Park is the primary gateway from the Front Range into the Rocky Mountain National Park; a business route on Fall River Road and Elkhorn Avenue serves Downtown, while mainline U.S. 34 bypasses most of the city by following Wonderview Avenue. Continuing east, U.S. 34 travels into Big Thompson Canyon. Signs along the route through the very narrow canyon warn of potential flash flooding. Once at the end of the canyon, U.S. 34 emerges in the city of Loveland, where it commences the lengthy route across the Great Plains toward Chicago.

Between Loveland and Greeley, U.S. 34 is a multi lane, divided highway. U.S. 34 meets I-25/U.S. 87 at the eastern edge of Loveland, then splits into a business/bypass configuration 6.1 miles east of there to serve the city of Greeley (home of the University of Northern Colorado). Beyond a 9.3 mile long overlap with I-76 and U.S. 6, U.S. 34 leaves the freeway at Exit 75 to combine with Business Loop I-76 east through Fort Morgan and Brush.

Once outside of Brush, U.S. 34 splits with Business Loop I-76, with U.S. 34 Spur accompanying the route north to I-76/U.S. 6. U.S. 34 gradually turns southeast, passing through the eastern Colorado communities of Akron, Yuma, and Wray before entering Nebraska.

U.S. 34 Colorado Guides

    Connect with:
    Interstate 25
    Interstate 76
    U.S. 6
    U.S. 36

    Page Updated 05-04-2017.

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