#21 - Frontier Pathways

The name of the byway sums it up perfectly. This old frontier zone south of the Arkansas River marked the intersection of Native American, Spanish, French, and American territories. Thousands left their footsteps in this much traveled corridor-first the Ute Indians, then Spanish and American explorers, and finally traders, fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers, and gold prospectors. Those bygone travelers viewed the same snow-capped mountains, jagged canyons, carpeted meadows, and aspen-covered hillsides that we marvel at today, and the signs of their passage remain. Historic buildings line the route, bearing witness to long-lost cattle empires, mining operations, and Victorian towns. Let this be your pathway to adventure. (103 miles)

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On Jul 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm, JoLynn said:
Even for a slow rider like myself, the road was good and traffic was light. The ride towards Westcliffe is stunning but I was happy to have a low granny gear! ;) Don't be in a hurry, there's just some much to enjoy!
On Jun 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm, B.J. said:
There is just fantastic views of the Wet Mountains, Hardscrabble Pass is a challenge and don't forget to vist, Bishop's Castle!!
On Jun 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm, Paul said:
One of the best southern front range mountain rides. Plenty of hills, some long climbs, a few short steep ones. Great scenery. Only downside is limited shoulders, but usually pretty light traffic.
On May 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm, Neal said:
the views as you approach the Sangre de Cristo mtns are breathtaking as you approach westcliffe; not much of a shoulder but traffic is light
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