Burmis Road - Willow Valley Byway

In the Traces of Great Migrations

Burmis Road - Willow Valley BywayRuts of animal-drawn travois poles are still visible along the ancient migration route that humans used to spread through the Americas after crossing the now-submerged land bridge that connected present day Siberia and Alaska. The travois tracks are in fact from more recent native populations who continued to use the "Old North Trail" to migrate along the eastern front ranges of the Rockies.

Perhaps the most impressive and intact stretch of that great trail lies between the sheer wall of the Livingstone Range and the first folds of the foothills. You can follow the route today along a well-maintained gravel road that serves the few proudly kept ranches established by the first wave of European migrants in the late 1800s.