Organization and collaboration with the various National Scenic Byway organizations was necessary to coordinate the implementation of the survey instrument. This questionnaire was prepared in 2001, reviewed by the National Scenic Byway program, divided into two parts, and reduced to a size that would be easily administered and positively received by respondents.

The surveying went well overall, and most people were willing to take a few minutes to respond. Approximately 1300 people completed the survey. Of these, about 30% indicated a willingness to complete Part 2 of the survey on the web. However, only 55 respondents (4% of all respondents) actually completed the survey on the web.


It appeared to surveyors that most people who completed the surveys were couples from 45 to 65 years old. Few respondents were doing business-related travel, with most citing vacation time as their reason for traveling. According to zip code data collected, there was a heavy concentration of traffic from Southwestern United States and from Texas. While most respondents were unaware of the National Scenic Byway designation, the most common reason for choosing the route was the scenic views, either as identified on a map or based on recommendations from friends or relatives. A large portion (72%) of respondents had traveled the route at least one time before.


The survey provided some very valuable information, and results are shown in the charts below. The figures listed represent the eight National Scenic Byways in Colorado as a whole and individually. The data used to create these charts can be found in the appendices.

 Abbrev. Used Here

 Byway Name

Number of Respondents 

 DD  Dinosaur Diamond  111
 FP  Frontier Pathways  176
 GB  Gold Belt Byway  201
 GM  Grand Mesa  191
 SF  Santa Fe Trail  277
 SJ  San Juan Skyway  139
 TOP  Top of the Rockies   78
 TRAIL  Trail Ridge Road  108
 Eight Byways  All Eight Byways 1281

Respondents at each of the byways were surveyed on different weekends in 2003. Because the dates and respondents were not randomly sampled, we cannot infer that the information presented here is representative of all visitors to these byways for 2003 or any other year. However, they do give us a snapshot of day-to-day activity on the byways and the information can be useful for planning and other purposes.

The data are presented here to show, for each byway, visitors’ responses to the set of questions on the survey. The reader should note that questions were worded in such a way as to allow respondents to “choose only one answer” for some questions, while others allowed them to “choose all that apply. When a question allowed the respondent to “choose only one answer”, the charts often show responses as percentages of total responses for each byway. This makes comparisons between byways easier than using raw numbers, especially since there is such a wide range in the number of respondents for each byway, as shown in the above table.

Charts that show responses to questions where respondents could “choose all that apply” are clearly marked as such. When percent of total responses are shown, it should be noted that the percentages shown will not add to 100%., but can still be used for comparing the responses to that question.


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