Colorado Scenic Byways Map
South Platte River Trail Scenic Byway
Starting and ending at the Julesburg Welcome Center, travel through history on Colorado's shortest byway. Even though it is so short, there are a lot of historical highlights to make up for it. This byway holds much of the history for settlers, gold seekers, and traders as they moved westward, Native Americans, and miners. The Upper California Crossing was the main route for thousands of wagons heading west.
Julesburg is home to the only Pony Express station in Colorado. In 1860-61, the first communications highway carried letters between Missouri and California. A little further west is Fort Sedgwick. Although no buildings remain on site, a flag pole marks it's location. The only pop-culture reference for this place is in the movie "Dances With Wolves" starring Kevin Costner.
Towards the end of the byway is the Fort Sedgwick Depot Museum. This museum showcases Indian artifacts, antique farm machinery, remnants of the four locations of Julesburg, and many other important historic collections. The Hippodrome Theater, located in the heart of Julesburg, is a great place to end the day by watching a film or cultural event.
There are a few opportunities for recreation along the byway. Hunters and anglers can enjoy the many areas for hunting and fishing in the Sedgwick Bar and Julesburg State Wildlife Areas. The South Platte River is home to world-class fishing and the best tail water fishing in the state. The diversity of birdlife is Northeastern Colorado's claim to fame and many birds can be seen when traveling the byway. Hiking and biking the byway is another popular activity.
Location: The byway is 19 miles long and takes about 30 minutes to travel. Start in Julesburg, travel along Hwy 385 to Ovid and back to Julesburg along Hwy 138.
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Julesburg, Colorado includes: Haxtun, Holyoke