Colorado Scenic Byways Map
Cache la Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway
Once used as a transit corridor for Native Americans and white explorers, the road from Fort Collins to Walden still provides useful travel across the north central region of Colorado. The lands of North Park were once home to thousands of bison that wandered the plain. Now, deer, antelope, elk, moose, beaver, and coyote inhabit these lands. Now, the Cache la Poudre is intensively managed for importing, storing and conveying water. The byway starts in Fort Collins and takes you through Roosevelt National Forest along the Poudre River, through Poudre Canyon up to Cameron Pass and descending to North Park.
The Cache La Poudre byway travels through the mountainous north central region of Colorado. Here you can see unique formations from the earthquakes of many years ago. The Nokhu Crags reach 12,485', thrusting toward the sky. Glaciers once passed over the crags, creating high mountain lakes. From the byway, the Medicine Bow Mountain Range of Wyoming is visible. The Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge is a popular spot for bird watching. Established for the breeding of and creating a habitat for migratory birds, you might be able to spot Wilson's phalarope, American avocet, willet, sandpipers, yellowlegs, dowitchers, sage grouse, golden eagles, and hawks. Don't miss North Park, Colorado's northernmost natural park. This area is essentially a high elevation grass land.
Outdoor lovers will want to be sure to visit Rawah Wilderness Area. Composed of 73,068 acres, U-shaped glacier-carved valleys and peaks reaching 12,951 feet cover the area. Snow melt fills the 26 lakes of the region, each stocked with rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout. Over 75 miles of trails provide hiking, horse or bicycle access. Grey Rock, Hewlett Gulch, Young Gulch, Mount McConnell, Dadd Gulch and Roaring Creek trails begin in the recreational corridor and lead into Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forests. In the fall many deer and elk hunters visit the region. You can also enjoy other activities like backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, and stargazing. Winter sports abound in the high country. Many Forest Service roads and trails are converted to snowmobile and cross-country skiing paradises. The Poudre River provides some of the most outstanding fishing in the north central region of Colorado.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
Modern cabins on landscaped grounds, 42 miles west of Fort Collins, along the Wild and Scenic Cache la Poudre River. Bighorn is peaceful, relaxing, cozy and comfortable. Smoke-free studios to 3-bedrooms.
In North Park, near Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Hoover Roundup is an ideal for bird watching & wildlife viewing. Clean, friendly, motel rooms, RV sites, and apartment suites for families. Pets welcome!
Along the Cache la Poudre North Park Scenic Byway near Walden this classic campground has tent sites, RV sites, rustic cabins. Near: Michigan Reservoir, Poudre River, fishing, hiking, biking, ATVing.
In Walden on Main Street: Remodeled 1, 2 & 3 bedroom suites, kitchenette inn rooms, 2-bedroom cabins have full kitchens. North Park trails and sand dunes: ATV, hike, bike, snowmobile, fish, hunt.
More Activities & Information
Fort Collins, Colorado includes: Wellington
Walden (North Park), Colorado includes: Gould, North Park Area, Rand
Poudre River Canyon, Colorado includes: Bellvue, Glendevey, La Porte, Rustic
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado includes: Livermore, Virginia Dale, Tie Siding WY