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DRIVE THE BYWAY
Breathe mountain air; stand in natural open meadows, abundant with birds and wildflowers.
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GET AWAY!
To where the road opens and the land beckons, to safe spaces and stunning vistas.
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FEEL FREE!
Be surprised by the panoramic view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains by day, and by night, marvel at the night sky and an endless universe.
FRONTIER PATHWAYS
SCENIC AND HISTORIC BYWAY

NATURUALLY PERFECT…

WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP PLAN YOUR TRIP AND ANSWER QUESTIONS!

Drive The Byway!

A National Scenic Byway is a highway recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for one or more of six "intrinsic qualities": archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic. The most scenic byways are given National designation which means they have features that do not exist elsewhere in the United States. They are unique and important enough to be tourist destinations unto themselves.

Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3. It is one of twenty-six Byways in Colorado and one of eleven National Byways in the State.

YOUR PATHWAY TO ADVENTURE

You are about to start an exciting trip through the pathways of time. The history of this byway’s route is like a microcosm-of the history of the West. It tells of American Indians, trappers, explorers, traders, settlers, miners, farmers and growing cities. What makes this area unique, is its still intact high-country ranches and its unspoiled meadows. It is also remarkable for its many firsts the first planned auto recreation in a National Forest, some of the first Anglo settlements and cattle ranches in the Rockies, the first German colony in Colorado and some of the first Baptist and Lutheran churches in the state.

Breathtaking Scenery, Amazing Wildlife, and Friendly Towns
The Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway climbs from 4,600’ in elevation to 9,400’ with close-up views of-towering 14,000’ mountain peaks. Travelers see pronghorn grazing in grasslands year-round and majestic among golden aspens in the fall. Drivers and hikers enjoy carpets of colorful flowers in the spring and summer. The snowy mountains beckon cross-country skiers and snowmobilers in winter.

DARK SKIES OF THE WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY

DARK SKIES, INC. OF THE WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY LED THE EFFORT FOR THE TOWNS OF WESTCLIFFE AND SILVER CLIFF, COLORADO TO BE CERTIFIED AS AN  INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY COMMUNITY BY THE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY ASSOCIATION. WE ARE THE 1ST TO ATTAIN THIS DISTINCTION IN COLORADO, 9TH IN THE WORLD, AND THE HIGHEST ANYWHERE!