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Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive

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  • Lariat Trail

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    Conceived and constructed by William "Cement Bill" Williams, the Lariat Trail climbs roughly five miles and 1,500 feet from Golden to the summit of Lookout Mountain.
    Lariat Trail
  • Passing Below the M

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    After climbing north toward Clear Creek and making a series of hairpin turns, the Lariat Trail traverses south across Mt. Zion, passing just below the Colorado School of Mines "M."
    Passing Below the M
  • Spring House

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    Above Windy Saddle, the road passes Spring House, built in 1916 to provide a rest area for people and cars in need of water.
    Spring House
  • Lariat Trail

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    One of the earliest scenic mountain drives in Colorado, the Lariat Trail influenced later scenic roads such as the Pikes Peak Highway.
    Lariat Trail
  • Driving the Lariat Trail

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    The Lariat Trail served as the northern entrance to Denver's new system of Mountain Parks and soon became a popular drive, attracting more than 116,000 cars in 1918.
    Driving the Lariat Trail

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References: 

Carole Lomond, Lariat Loop Scenic & Historic Byway (Golden, CO: Views Publishing, 2002).

Ann Moss, “Lariat Trail Scenic Mountain Drive,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (October 3, 1988).

Robert Sorgenfrei, “Cement Bill Williams: Builder of the Lariat Trail Road,” Colorado Heritage (Spring 2003).

Additional Information: 

Wendy Rex-Atzet, Denver’s Mountain Playground: The Denver Mountain Parks, the City Beautiful, and the Rise of Modern Wilderness Recreation in Colorado, 1900–1940 (PhD dissertation, University of Colorado–Boulder, 2011).