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Cache la Poudre - North Park

Length: 101 miles. Driving time: 3 hours.

Cache La PoudreCache la Poudre MapThis byway links Fort Collins with verdant North Park, a quiet, bowl-shaped valley just west of the Continental Divide. The road runs through the Cache la Poudre River canyon, once a useful transit corridor for Native Americans and, later, white explorers. Today's visitors lean more toward recreation; whitewater boaters and anglers love the Poudre, Colorado's only federally designated National Wild and Scenic River. At 10,276-foot Cameron Pass the highway intersects Colorado State Forest, a 70,000-acre preserve of glaciated mountains and evergreen thickets. North Park, once a favorite bison grazing ground, remains heavily populated with deer, antelope, elk, moose, beaver, and coyote; migrating waterfowl flock to the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.

Greyrock Mountain National Recreation Trail
Roosevelt National Forest
State Forest State Park

Outstanding fishing
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area
Lory State Park
Cache la Poudre Wild & Scenic River
Gateway Natural Area (Mountain Park)
BLM McCallum Field Auto Tour
Bellvue-Watson Fish Hatchery
Poudre Rearing Unit

Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Visit Fort Collins
North Park Chamber
North Park Visitors Bureau
Corridor Management Plan
Cache la Poudre-North Park Interpretive Plan
Cache la Poudre-North Park: Traffic Safety Review July 1999
Cache la Poudre – North Park Corridor Management Plan - Feb 1998
Special Considerations:
Heavy summer traffic.
Watch for livestock crossing road.
Watch for commercial traffic (semis).
Program Contacts
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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222

  • Colorado Tourism Office
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