DRIVE THE BYWAY
Breathe mountain air; stand in natural open meadows, abundant with birds and wildflowers.
To where the road opens and the land beckons, to safe spaces and stunning vistas.
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.
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.
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
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!