US 50 from Poncha Springs to Grand Junction - Poncha Springs lies in a broad flat valley. Heading west the road soon climbs high into the wooded mountains through winding curves to reach Monarch Pass then makes a gradual descent to the beautiful canyons near Gunnison.
West of Gunnison the road crosses through the dry hills to reach Montrose. It's not a particularly scenic section.
From Montrose, US 50 angles north to Grand Junction. We found little of interest on this stretch of the road.