Spanning the width of the state, U.S. 50 enters Colorado with Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 from Green River, Utah. Overlaying the freeway east to Fruita, U.S. 50 branches south through Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose. U.S. 550 stems south from there to New Mexico while U.S. 50 turns east across the Rockies through Gunnison, Salida and Cañon City.
U.S. 50 expands into a four lane, divided highway east from Cañon City to Pueblo, where it briefly overlaps with for another 14 miles before shifting to the south side of the river. The US highway stays within the Arkansas River valley throughout southeastern Colorado, connecting La Junta, Las Animas and Lamar with Garden City, Kansas.
Proposed construction around Lamar will shift U.S. 50 and 287 from Downtown onto an expressway bypass to the north and east of the city. This controlled access route will also extend south as the new alignment for U.S. 287 & 385 toward Springfield.
U.S. 50 Colorado Guides
Page Updated 05-05-2017.