- During the winter of 1806 and 1907, Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike nearly froze to death in the Wet Mountain Valley, within sight of the peak bearing his name. Yet this fertile, sheltered dale hard by the Sangre de Cristos became something of a beacon to 19th century settlers who arrived in force to take advantage of the good soil and climate. Today the valley boasts one of the state's finest collections of vintage ranches and farmsteads, some dating back to the 1840s. Plus, abandoned trading posts and stage stops contribute to this memory of the past. More scenery includes: rugged Hardscrabble Canyon, the white capped Sangre de Cristos and sharp mesas and hogbacks flanking the Arkansas River.
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Recreation - The Frontier Pathways Byway lends itself best to individuals interested in scenic driving. Other recreational pursuits are easily accessible from this 103 mile route. It passes through the San Isabel National Forest, which provides access to camping, hiking, backpacking, motorcycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking and rafting.
Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.
This scenic byway is located in the south central region of the state. It leads west from Interstate 25 along the pathways of the the Fremont and and Pike survey expeditions of the Nineteenth Century. Highways 96 and 165 lead over the Wet Mountain Range and into the Wet Mountain Valley.