Greenhorn Valley - South Central Colorado

Includes Beulah, Colorado City, Lake San Isabel, Rye, San Isabel

 

Experience Greenhorn Valley, Beulah, Colorado City, Lake San Isabel, Rye & San Isabel Area, Colorado

Greenhorn Valley is in South Central Colorado, about 20 miles south of Pueblo and anchors the southern leg of the Frontier Pathway Scenic Byway. Greenhorn Valley includes Colorado City, Beulah, Rye and San Isabel. The San Isabel National Forest is ideal for family picnicking, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Whether you plan to stay in a cabin, pitch your tent, sleep in a motel room or park your RV, a vacation in Greenhorn Valley will be your new favorite Colorado destination.

Lake Beckwith is COLORADO CITY'S premiere destination with a wide variety of outdoor activities: a cement path surrounds the lake allowing families to walk, bike or rollerblade to their favorite fishing or picnicking spot. Small boats including canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and SUPs often dot the 70-acre lake during the summer months. Be sure to bring your golf clubs; Hollydot Championship Golf Course is open year-round and has a 9 and 18-hole course. Golf Magazine has featured this course many times over the years.

Greenhorn Valley and Greenhorn Mountain near San Isabel in Colorado
Take an Old Logging Road up to the Top of Greenhorn Mountain (12,500ft)
Bishop's Castle, Colorado
Bishop's Castle is one of the areas Must See Attractions
 

In the foothills below the picturesque Wet Mountains, local legend claims that this secluded valley became the favored hideout for the horse thief, Juan Mace. In 1876 Mace's Hole became BEULAH, today the hosts a variety of annual events including arts and crafts shows, a 10K run, Yule Log Hunt, the "Beulahfest."

Bishop's Castle is a hidden treasure in the Wet Mountains it was built by Jim Bishop one stone at a time; a smoking dragon will capture your imagination, making this an intriguing side trip near RYE. Rye is one of several historic communities dotting the routes once traveled by Native Indigenous peoples, and European explorers, traders, fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers and gold prospectors as they journeyed West. A small stream near Rye was found to contain the last surviving population of Arkansas River Greenback Cutthroat Trout. In 1996 the Greenback Cutthroat Trout became Colorado's official state fish!

Woman siting on boat dock at Lake San Isabel in Colorado
Lake San Isabel offers Fantastic Fishing, Boating and Hiking for Your Family
Greenback cutthroat trout caught in the St. Charles River, Colorado
Catch some Greenback Cutthroat Trout in the St. Charles River
 

In the winter months, the LAKE ISABEL AREA provides ice-fishing, tobogganing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. In Summer Greenhorn Mountain Road is best seen on a mountain bike however, hikers will also enjoy this trail with several access points, spend a day exploring the old logging road. A trip up nearby Greenhorn Mountain, at 12,500 feet, offers a splendid view of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The area is also home to LAKE SAN ISABEL, which is open year round and is stocked by the Colorado State Department of Wildlife.

Colorado's best end of summer event is the Colorado State Fair. It's a 30-45 minute drive north on I-25. Make plans for the last week August, the state fair has been a tradition since October 9, 1872.

During hunting season from early September to Mid-November orange jackets can be spotted as often as deer and elk.

View of the Greenhorn Valley from the summit of Greenhorn Mountain
Looking over the Greenhorn Valley from the Summit of Greenhorn Mountain
Mountain bikers on the Green Mountain Road Trail near Fairview, Colorado
Green Mountain Trail Begins in Fairview, Colorado and is a 10 Mile Ride to the Summit
 

Most folks forget that snowmobiling is a common pastime here in winter; the Snowmobile Trails near San Isabel on the western side the valley feature routes along Ophir Creek, Beaver Creek and Amethyst Creek. January and February are the best months to bring your sled and play in the winter wilderness.

The Frontier Pathway Scenic and Historic Byway winds 103 miles into the San Isabel National Forest and passes through landscapes ranging from meadows to mountains connecting Colorado City to Pueblo through Rye, San Isabel and Westcliffe; while avoiding I-25. This south central Colorado route offers hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the National Forest. Be sure to make time for Colorado's man-made wonder, Bishop Castle, in the Wet Mountains.

Greenhorn Valley, Colorado Driving Directions and Location

Greenhorn Valley is in South Central Colorado between Pueblo and Walsenburg just off I-25. From Walsenburg take I-25 north to Colorado City, exit 74 -- Colorado Highway 165. From Pueblo take I-25 south to Colorado City, exit 74 -- Colorado Highway 165. Or from Pueblo take Colorado Highway 78 to Beulah, a scenic 30 minute drive. From Canon City head east on Highway towards Florence, drive Colorado Highway 67 through scenic Hardscrabble Canyon.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by the Pueblo Municipal Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements. Pueblo is 130 miles south of Denver International Airport.

Greenhorn Valley is near: Pueblo, Royal Gorge Area, Walsenburg & Westcliffe

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Featured Greenhorn Valley Businesses

Aspen Acres Campground, Inc.  link to Colorado vacation
Along the Frontiers Pathway Scenic Byway our campground in the forest. Aspen Acres is away from the town of Rye: Cabins, Outfitter Tents-Glamping, Full Hookup RV Sites. September has the best fall colors!

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Bishop Castle & Castle Keepsakes Gift Shop  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
ALWAYS OPEN - ALWAYS FREE! One of the most genuine WONDERS of our contemporary World. Built entirely by ONE MAN. The Unique gift shop has Bishop Castle momentos and hard to find gifts.

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Days Inn at Colorado City in Greenhorn Valley
Between Pueblo and San Isabel National Forest is Colorado City in the shadow of Greenhorn Mountain. Days Inn rooms: king, queen, double, pet-friendly. Free WI-FI. Off I-25, Exit 74. On-site: BK China Kitchen.

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Pine Lodge - Colorado Mountain Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
Walk to pristine Lake Isabel from our Colorado retreat. Pine cabins in scenic San Isabel National Forest. Attractions: star gazing, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, relaxing. Sit back and relax in our mountain lodge.

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Pines of Beulah  link to Colorado vacation
Mountain cabins in Beulah surrounded by ponderosa pines, Middle Creek, and San Isabel National Forest. Equipped kitchens, HDTV with cable, and DVD player. Free WI-FI. A treehouse for your kids.

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Table Mountain Lodge Vacation Home  link to Colorado vacation
Built for Wheelchair Accessibility, views of Table Mountain, vacation lodge home in Greenhorn Valley, a wonderland for year round outdoor fun. Less crowded than resort towns. 1 mile off Highway 165 in Rye.

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For more travel information contact:

Greenhorn Valley Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Frontier Pathway Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Seasonal Attractions:
Colorado State Fair

Hiking Trails:
Greenhorn Mountain Road Mountain Bike Trails

Snowmobiling:
San Isabel Area Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Royal Gorge & Canon City Area Map


 
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