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Backroads & Byways of Colorado: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions (Backroads & Byways) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: Backroads & Byways
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881507873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881507874
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Daters is an official travel writer for the state of Colorado. In his spare time he enjoys hiking in the Rockies.

Drea Knufken lives in Boulder, CO, where she enjoys exploring the great outdoors and the state’s ever-growing list of restaurants and live music venues.

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Some more detailed maps would be a start.
Some Guy
My friends and I used this book to come up with a fun fourth of July weekend.
R. L. Weiss
Lots of fun and interesting facts you would never find on your own.
Andrew Schmidt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy on April 11, 2009
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The authors did a good job of describing many things to see in Colorado, but the book reads like a travel journal or blog. This makes it easy to write, but hard to extract overview information without plowing into the narration. Some more detailed maps would be a start. There is only one map in the entire book. It is a small map contained on one single page of the entire state of Colorado. It is hard to even tell what drives are where when you see it so zoomed out. Each drive should have a double-page overview map with some sort of cross referencing to the narration. The better travel books I have do this. I would skip this book and check back to see if they have the formating fixed on the second edition.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Firebird on June 18, 2008
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This book is the perfect companion to your map for your trip. Just look up the area you are heading through or into and you will find concise info summing it up along with contact info and lodging. I love how the book follows the mile markers along many of the roads and you just follow along when you're driving the road. Makes planning and setting expectations for what you'll do a snap. Best $10 I spent for this trip. Highly recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer8 on August 20, 2011
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This book is an interesting read and the details and trips really quite good.
However, I must agree with another reviewer that each trip needs a MAP. Mile markers help but not at my desk.
Without a map, pre-planning is very difficult, even using online maps.
There is a 1 page state overview map in the beginning showing where each trip is geographically. Its a start but not enough.
Great driving books have a map for each trip, which is what this book needs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Paulsonn VINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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I took this book along on a trip to Colorado in September, 2011. It is useful if you don't mind plowing through pages and pages trying to find something, but as a helpful guidebook, forget it.

What it lacks is maps. There is one lone map, of the whole state, with just a number inserted in the vague general area of where the particular "backroads and byways" are. Every chapter should begin with a good map of exactly where each trip (one per chapter) is located. Is that so difficult?

OK, no map. But is there even an introductory paragraph listing where the trip is, or what towns are covered along the way? Nope. You have to read through the entire chapter to figure out what's included. Didn't the authors or editors try the book out on anybody for feedback?

That said, there is some good information here, it's that the authors made it really hard to find.
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