The Pawnee Pioneer Trails & South Platte River Trail in Northeast Colorado are the shortest of the scenic byways, but they offer the splendor of the vibrant prairie and the South Platte River.
This enriched historical route takes you along the routes of the Pony Express, Transcontinental Railroad and Fort Sedgwick. The South Platte River Trail is known for its award-winning interpretive signage and historical markers. Travel through the grasslands of the Pawnee Pioneer Trails where the Plains Indians and buffalo once called home. Few trees and robust winds bring into historical perspective how this section of Colorado was impacted by the Great Dust Bowl era of the early 20th century. Spring and fall are the best times of the year for mountain biking or hiking the serene grasslands to the Pawnee Buttes, a favorite among bird watchers, artists, and naturalists – particularly at the Chalk Bluffs, a popular raptor nesting site.
Enjoy inviting accommodations and wonderful hospitality when you choose South Platte River lodging at our local BBIC member inns. Our friendly and knowledgeable innkeepers are looking forward to sharing their love of the region with you.
Scenic Byways of the Northeast Region:
Pawnee Pioneer Trails
South Platte River Trail