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Los Caminos Antiguos

Los Caminos Antiguos (“The Ancient Roads”) is the best route to follow through the region of the upper Rio Grande – the northern outpost of sixteenth century Spanish territorial expansion.

Explore the rich culture and traditions of some of Colorado’s oldest communities and the panoramic views of the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges, the high, fertile San Luis Valley, The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the Rio Grande National Forest, state parks and federal wildlife areas.

What is A Scenic Byway?
Under the Byways Program, certain roads are recognized as scenic byways based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. America’s Byways are a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places. They are roads to the heart and soul of America.

Travel the pathway to another era, a place where the soul resides

Los Caminos Antiguos is a ribbon through an ancient land sheltered by sacred mountains where values are treasured and rooted deeply in the soil. Follow the stories and history of Caminos Antiguos along your journey with the directional signs located along the byway.

  • Driving Time 129 miles. Three to four hours.
  • Road conditions Open year around.
  • Paved state highways 17, 142, 150, 159, 285 and 160.
  • Heavy snowfall can temporarily close La Manga and Cumbres passes.