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Frontier Pathways

McKenzie Junction to Colorado City
pioneer structurein the meadow
A sodhouse in the meadow

Heading south out of McKenzie Junction takes you straight into glorious aspen, pine,
fir, and spruce forest. The views are large, the air is clear and you can see why
these are called the Wet Mountains: there’s water running everywhere. There’s also
some large rock formations and lots of old homesteads.

Just north of Ophir Creek

At Ophir Creek there’s a hairpin turn in the paved road. In the middle of the turn
there is a dirt road leading westward to Ophir Creek Campground, Deer Mountain and
the Greenhorn Mountain Road.

Ophir Creek Campground
The entrance to Ophir Creek Campground

Just south of Ophir Creek is Bishop’s Castle. Shortly after Bishop’s Castle the
road passes by Lake Isabel and then leads
out onto the flatter grassy slopes of Rye and then down the Greenhorn Canyon to
Colorado City and the I-25. The road is excellent and, if anything, is too short.