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Encyclopedia > U.S. Route 285

U.S. Highway 285 is a north-south United States highway. It has always had an endpoint in Denver, Colorado, though what is now the northern terminus was once the route's southern end. Image File history File links US285. ... Current U.S. Highway shield The United States Highway System is an integrated system of roads in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Motto: Official website: http://www. ...

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Termini

As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is in Denver, Colorado at an intersection with Interstate 25. Its southern terminus is in Sanderson, Texas at an intersection with U.S. Highway 90. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Interstate 25 is an interstate highway in the western United States. ... Sanderson is a census-designated place located in Terrell County, Texas. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ...


Historic termini

From 1927 to 1936, US 285's northern terminus was in Laramie, Wyoming, and its southern terminus was in Denver, Colorado. The pre-1936 routing is often referred to as US 285 [I], with the newer routing called US 285 [II] 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Downtown Laramie Laramie is a city located in Albany County, Wyoming. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Motto: Official website: http://www. ...


States traversed

The highway passes through the following states:

Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 8th 269,837 km² 451 km 612 km 0. ... Official language(s) None, English and Spanish de facto Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 5th 315,194 km² 550 km 595 km 0. ... Official language(s) None. ...

US 285 in Colorado

View of South Park along U.S. Highway 285 looking eastward toward the Front Range
View of South Park along U.S. Highway 285 looking eastward toward the Front Range

Touring US 285 southwest out of Denver is a beautiful drive. It runs for a few miles through the Denver metro area as Hampden Avenue then suddenly begins to climb into the Rocky Mountains, mostly following the route of the original narrow gauge transcontinental railroad, skirting the south side of the Mount Evans massif. Once west of Mount Evans, the highway winds its way over Kenosha Pass (elevation 10,001 feet) into the spectacular high-altitude South Park basin of Colorado. Image File history File links The Front Range over South Park in central Colorado in the United States. ... Image File history File links The Front Range over South Park in central Colorado in the United States. ... This article refers to the state capital of Colorado. ... Hampden can mean: Places: Hampden, New Zealand United States: Hampden, Baltimore Hampden (town), Maine Hampden (CDP), Maine Hampden, Massachusetts Hampden County, Massachusetts Hampden Avenue is a major arterial in Denver and Aurora, Colorado Other: John Hampden, English politician. ... White Goat Wilderness Area, Alberta, Canada The Rocky Mountains, often called the Rockies, are a broad mountain range in western North America. ... Narrow-gauge railways are railroads (railways) with track spaced at less than the standard gauge of 4 ft 8 in (1. ... A transcontinental railroad is a railway that crosses a continent, typically from sea to sea. Terminals are at or connected to different Oceans. ... Mount Evans is a mountain in the Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. ... Kenosha Pass (elevation 10,001 ft) is a mountain pass located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. ... South Park is an animated series created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 8th 269,837 km² 451 km 612 km 0. ...


Partway across the South Park, the town of Como is a mecca for narrow gauge railroad buffs, which still houses one of the few remaining narrow gague roundhouses. The old transcontinental railroad breaks away from US-285 at this point, going northwest over Boreas Pass into Breckenridge and into the historically rich gold fields of Leadville. From Leadville the railroad turned west to California. Como is a small unincorporated community in northern Park County, Colorado in the United States. ... Roundhouse in 1909, turntable in the front Steam locomotives sit in the Chicago and Northwestern roundhouse at the Chicago, Illinois freight yards, December 1942. ... Boreas Pass (elevation 11481 ft) is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. ... Breckenridge can refer to a number of towns: Breckenridge, Colorado Breckenridge, Minnesota Breckenridge Township, Minnesota Breckenridge, Missouri Breckenridge Hills, Missouri Breckenridge, Oklahoma Breckenridge, Texas See also: John C. Breckenridge This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... View of Mount Massive looking west from Harrison Street in downtown Leadville Leadville is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ...


US-285 meanwhile continues across the valley to the southwest, leaving the South Park basin as it climbs over Trout Creek Pass (elevation 9346 feet), and then drops dramatically into the Upper Arkansas River Valley. The view of Mt. Princeton as the road descends into this valley is spectacular. Lower Arkansas River The Arkansas River is a tributary of the Mississippi which flows east and southeast through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and the state of Arkansas. ...

Mt. Princeton, viewed from US-285

Once the highway hits the Arkansas River Valley floor, it takes a sharp turn south, just missing the town of Buena Vista to the north, a charming small town with a surprisingly mild climate. Image File history File links Princeton. ... Image File history File links Princeton. ... Buena Vista is a town located in Chaffee County, Colorado. ...

Great Sand Dunes
Great Sand Dunes

As US-285 turns south, it brushes Salida, climbs over Poncha Pass (elevation 9010 feet), then enters the northern end of the San Luis Valley. The highway continues mostly straight south through the valley into New Mexico, where it goes through Santa Fe, Roswell, and Carlsbad, and eventually into Texas. Got from http://www. ... Got from http://www. ... Salida is a city located in Chaffee County, Colorado. ... San Luis Valley is a large broad alpine valley in south-central Colorado. ... Official language(s) None, English and Spanish de facto Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 5th 315,194 km² 550 km 595 km 0. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nickname: All America City Motto: Official website: City of Roswell Location Location in the state of New Mexico. ... Carlsbad is a city located in Eddy County, New Mexico. ... Official language(s) None. ...


The northern end of the San Luis Valley in Colorado includes the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, which have the tallest sand dunes in the US. Other attractions include the highly improbable Alligator Farm in Colorado, near the Sand Dunes. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve became a United States National Park by an act of Congress on September 13, 2004. ... This article is about the sand formations, for other meanings see Dune (disambiguation) Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ...


Related US Routes

United States Highway 85 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,479 miles from the Canadian border in North Dakota to the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas. ... U.S. Highway 385 is a spur of U.S. Highway 85. ...

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