Colorado State Highway 13

State Highway 13 (SH 13) in the U.S. state of Colorado is a north–south mountain route that travels from Rifle to the Wyoming border near Baggs, Wyoming, through the Rocky Mountains.

State Highway 13 marker

State Highway 13
Map of northwestern Colorado with SH 13 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length128.00 mi[1] (206.00 km)
Major junctions
South end I-70 in Rifle
North end WYO 789 near Baggs
CountiesGarfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 12SH 14

Route descriptionEdit

Highway 13 as it enters Rio Blanco County

The route begins at a diamond interchange with Interstate 70 south of Rifle. It then crosses the Colorado River and intersects U.S. Highway 6 at the south side of Rifle. Along the north side of town the road turns slightly northeastward as it passes through the northern Rifle and into grassland,[2] where it intersects State Highway 325. As the road turns back northward and then slightly northwestward, the surrounding terrain turns into a more barren land dotted with occasional shrubs and grass.[2] As the road continues northwestward, the shrubs and trees become more dense along hillsides. SH 13 then crosses into Rio Blanco County, when the direction becomes straight north. SH 13 then interchanges with State Highway 64, which meets its east end here, and turns abruptly eastward. SH 13 then becomes Market Street as it cuts through the south side of Meeker, paralleling the White River. Following an intersection with a local road leading to Meeker Airport, the road again turns northward back into rural Rio Grande County.

Following several miles of barren land north of Meeker, SH 13 exits the White River Valley and enters mountainous terrain. The road then follows the Good Springs Creek valley to the Moffat county line. SH 13 continues through rural Moffat County and gradually turns eastward and again northward after a several miles. Near Hamilton, the route's next destination, the road meets State Highway 317 and turns slightly northwestward. After a distance winding through barren land, the road reaches Craig, where it meets U.S. Highway 40 and begins a short concurrency through the city. Following the overlap SH 13 again moves northward, out of town and along the Fortification Creek valley. Here fields, are located along the road, moving northwestward.[2] Eventually, after moving along several miles of road through farmland, the road reaches the Wyoming state line. The road continues as Wyoming Highway 789 to Baggs.


The route was established in the 1920s and was paved by 1947. Minor changes corrected the route to its current routing today by 1985.[3]

SH 13 was once cosigned as SH 789.

Major intersectionsEdit

GarfieldRifle0.0000.000  I-70 – Denver, Grand JunctionSouthern terminus; I-70 exit 90
0.5450.877  US 6 – Glenwood Springs, Parachute
4.1146.621  SH 325 northSouthern terminus of SH 325
Rio Blanco39.01062.781  SH 64 west – RangelyEastern terminus of SH 64
MoffatHamilton75.793121.977  SH 317 eastWestern terminus of SH 317
Craig88.635142.644  US 40 west – Vernal, Salt LakeWest end of US 40 overlap
  SH 394 eastWestern terminus of SH 394
89.608144.210  US 40 east – Steamboat Springs, DenverEast end of US 40 overlap
127.999205.994  WYO 789 – Baggs, RawlinsNorthern terminus at the Wyoming state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 13". Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  2. ^ a b c Microsoft; Nokia (2010-06-02). "Route Overview of SH 13" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  3. ^ Salek, Matthew E. (2014-11-08). "Colorado Routes 1-19". Retrieved 2015-05-23.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Colorado State Highway 13 at Wikimedia Commons

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