- The South Platte River Trail leads from Julesburg southwest to Ovid, then crosses the South Platte River and returns northeastward to Julesburg on Interstate 76. This is the shortest of scenic byways in Colorado with a length of only 19 miles. Highlights on this route include the only Pony Express stop in Colorado and Fort Sedgwick (built in 1865). This is also a segment of the Lincoln Highway, the first coast to coast auto route in the United States, and the path of many fifty-niners, heading to the mountains around Denver to seek their fortune.
Recreation - This route is excellent for history lovers, because it brings the events of many different eras of Colorados past together in one day trip. Hunters and anglers will enjoy the lands of the Sedgwick Bar and Julesburg State Wildlife Areas.
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. Summer on the plains can be very hot. Temperatures reach the triple digits frequently. Bring plenty of water on this road trip.
This scenic byway is located in the northeaster corner of the state. The scenic byway literally makes a rectangular trip around the waters of the South Platte River as they enter Colorado.