Driving the Byway

The wishbone-shaped byway is 103 miles long, on HWY 96 and HWY165, including a 16-mile backtrack. The entire route is a paved, 2-lane highway. Driving time is approximately 2.5 hours, nonstop.

Take a full day to unwind.

Look for Colorado Byway Signs
With the Columbine State Flower

Frontier Pathways Sign

Download our brochure for more
information on specific sites.


(and other leisure travelers)

Highway 96 in Custer County, Colorado

As businesses, restaurants and attractions begin to open slowly, we invite you to stroll Pueblo’s Historic Arkansas River Walkwhere there’s plenty of room for the children and pets to run and play.  Enjoy several fountains, historic information and waterside shops and restaurants.  

Now, might be the perfect time to plan for a picnic at one of the many breathtaking stops, along the byway. Travelers are bound to see antelope on the open plains, and may see pronghorn sheep grazing in the grasslands year-round, or majestic elk in the fall.

Before you descend into the Wet Mountain Valley, the view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains begins to open up. Before you know it, you are looking at several 14,000 peaks of sheer beauty and wonder.  You can’t miss the cattle and marvelous working ranches all through the valley and around Westcliffe!  Enjoy!


Hermit Road, Westcliffe, Colorado

Frontier Pathways Byway climbs 4,800’ in elevation with access to several 14,000’ peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.

Enjoy hiking, biking trails, kayaking, bird watching, High-Mountain Lake fishing, rock climbing, backpacking and the medieval – style Bishop’s Castle, and ATV trails.  There are natural water slides at St. Charles River, and camping.  The snowy mountains beckon cross-country skiers in winter.