Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, north of U.S. 24 in Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, is one of Colorado’s underdog scenic viewpoints. The overlook lies just north of the highway on the west side of Trout Creek Pass a mile east of Johnson Village, but it doesn’t get loads of visitors so you’ll usually have the views to yourself. And what a view it is! This vantage point on a low ridge looks across the Arkansas River Valley to the Collegiate Peaks, including 14,197-foot Mount Princeton and 14,196-foot Mount Yale as well as three more Fourteeners to the south. The overlook is a great stop to take in the mountain views, use the clean pit toilets, stretch your legs, and have a picnic at a shaded table. The site also has interpretative panels and benches.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green