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South Platte River Trail

Length: 19 miles. Driving time: 30 Minutes.
South Platte River Trail
South Platte River Trail Map

Although the shortest of Colorado's 26 byways, the South Platte River Trail is long on history. In the 19th century it lay on the main route westward, and was used by tens of thousands of pioneers lured by the promise of wealth, land and freedom.

Beginning at the Colorado Welcome Center, this 19-mile loop features interpretive signage at the original Julesburg townsite, the location of Colorado's only Pony Express home station, and Fort Sedgwick, established in 1864 to protect the trail and telegraph line. Additional markers commemorate the other three Julesburg townsites, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the Lincoln Highway—the first coast-to-coast automobile road in the United States.

Features:

Local Chamber of Commerce:

Byways Corridor Management Plan

Program Contacts
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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222
  • Colorado Tourism Office
    1-800-COLORADO
    Visit the website. 
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Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways 2016 partnerships

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