As an historian who enjoys visiting Civil War battlefields and old mining camps and ghost towns in the Old West, driving the several scenic byways in Colorado offers a unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the Ute Indians, Spanish and American explorers, traders, fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers and gold prospectors who viewed the snow-capped mountains, jagged canyons, lush meadows, aspen-covered hillsides and Victorian towns. Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway, which was designated a National Scenic Byway in 1998, is one of 13 National Scenic Byways in Colorado. Don't miss it. It is a 103-mile-long wishbone-shaped highway heavily steeped in Colorado history. Start on Highway 96 West in Pueblo. The land near Pueblo was very important to past inhabitants, including fur traders and trappers who made a living in the Rocky Mountain foothills, Ute Indians who made their homes in the region and Spanish conquistadors who explored the area in search of gold or El Dorado or the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola. Pass Lake Pueblo State Park with its 4,646 acres of water, then the San Isabel National Forest where you will get spectacular views of the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At the junction of Highways 96 and 165, continue west on Highway 96 to the small sister towns of Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. Backtrack to Highway 165 South to Bishop Castle, perhaps the most intriguing tourist attraction on the entire route. Still unfinished, the colossal structure is 160 feet tall with a grand ballroom, an extraordinary piece of architecture. Back on Highway 96, you will marvel at sweeping views of the Great Plains and majestic buttes dotting the landscape. The small town of Colorado City anchors the southern leg of the byway. See many species of wildlife, including mule deer, elk, pronghorn and gray fox.