Colorado Scenic Byways Map
Frontier Pathway Scenic Byway
In the 1840's, easterners made their way across the Appalachian Mountains to settle in the West; ranches, farmsteads, trading posts, and stage stops established the culture of the West. The Frontier Pathway boasts a rich history of the early years of Colorado. As you travel along the byway, you can experience some of the joy and sorrow that people of the 1800s also encountered.
Some of the joys from the 1800s still exist today in the scenery. The pastoral scene along the byway includes the 100-mile long Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Also, along the pathway are sharp mesas, hogbacks, the Hardscrabble Canyon, and the Arkansas River. Within the San Isabel National Forest are the Wet Mountains and Greenhorn Valley. Escape from it all and see diverse wildlife, plants, and scenery.
Be sure to visit the Bishop Castle, built in 1969 entirely with a wheel barrel and shovel. The town of Rosita is also along the byway; this old ghost town has buildings dating as far back as the 1800s. Visit the Westcliff School House, built in 1891; to this day, no one is sure why there is no 'e' at the end of Westcliff in the school's name.
If activity is more your style, try mountain biking on Greenhorn Mountain. There is also fishing available in the Arkansas River and Lake San Isabel, backpacking, and hiking. In the winter, you can snowmobile, ice fish, and cross-country ski. Along parts of the byway are also 4 foot paved shoulders for bicyclers to travel on the byway.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
An alpine holiday near Westcliffe bordered by the San Isabel National Forest. On-site lodge restaurant and lounge with prime rib dinners nightly! Two-bedroom mountain cabins have kitchenette, private bath.
Stay in the picturesque Wet Mountain Valley. On the corner in Westcliffe. Golden Inn has rooms with full kitchens, bathrooms, air conditioning, dining space, good WI-FI. In-site oxygen bar in a tranquil setting.
Mountain cabins in Beulah surrounded by ponderosa pines, Middle Creek, and San Isabel National Forest. Equipped kitchens, HDTV with cable, DVD player. Free WI-FI. A treehouse for your kids.
More Activities & Information
Pueblo, Colorado includes: Pueblo West
Westcliffe, Colorado includes: Rosita, Silver Cliff
Greenhorn Valley, Colorado includes: Beulah, Colorado City, Lake San Isabel, Rye, San Isabel