Lariat Loop Heritage Alliance Timeline

Lariat Loop Heritage Alliance formed in 1999, filed as non-profit in 2001.

More than 30 local, county, and state partners, public and private came together to form the Alliance.

The Lariat Loop was designated Colorado’s sixth heritage area in 2000. At the time the Lariat Loop included:

  • 150 square miles of scenic beauty, historic heritage, natural wonders, and delightful discoveries
  • More than 25,000 acres of open space and mountain parks (then)
  • More than 30 museums and interpretive sites

The Lariat Loop was designated Colorado’s 24th Scenic Byway in 2002.

Major Project Milestones

  • Interpretive Plan, 2001
    Dept of Local Affairs planning grant
  • Corridor Management Plan, 2006
    Colorado Byways grant for Jeffco Open Space &
    Denver Mountain Parks
  • Interpretive Kiosks installed
  • Downtown Morrison
  • Buffalo Bill Museum
  • Golden, Beverly Heights
  • Downtown Evergreen
  • Historic Morrison Mural
  • Design of Buffalo Herd Overlook

In 2009, the Lariat Loop was designated as a National Scenic Byway.