Greenhorn Valley Information
Greenhorn Valley is located about 20 miles south of Pueblo and anchors the southern leg of
the Frontier Pathway Scenic Byway. Greenhorn Valley includes Colorado City, Rye and San
Isabel and provides access to popular hiking areas such as Bartlett, Camp Crockett and the
San Carlos trails
The San Isabel foothills town is tucked along a scenic state byway in south-central Colorado. The Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway winds into the San Isabel National Forest and passes through landscapes ranging from meadows to mountains. Rye is one of several historic communities dotting the important route once traveled by American Indians, Spanish and American explorers, traders, fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers and gold prospectors.
A small stream near Rye was found to contain the last surviving population of Arkansas River Colorado greenback cutthroat trout. Thanks to this important discovery, the cutthroat has been reintroduced into 19 creeks in Colorado and is now Colorado's official state fish.
Other area watering holes include Lake Isabel and Beckwith Reservoir. Camping and hiking are available in the national forest along Colorado 165. Visitors can rent rooms in Rye, but many other lodging options are available in Colorado City and San Isabel. While Rye does have its share of interesting older homes, Colorado City also offers the area's proud selection of restaurants and other amenities for travelers.
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