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Description - The Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway is named so because it links Fort Collins, via the Cache la Poudre Canyon, with North Park and Walden. The tour follows State Highway 14 101 miles, beginning by following the Cache la Poudre River past Poudre Falls. At this point the highway follows Joe Wright Creek to 10,276 foot Cameron Pass. This high, mountain pass separates the Never Summer Mountains, to the east, and the Medicine Bow Mountains, to the west. The byway soon makes a sharp right turn and begins to follow the Michigan River. Following the highway west, it drops into the Michigan River Basin and passes the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. This region is named North Park. It is the northernmost natural park in Colorado, and may best be described as a high-elevation grassland.

Recreation - Many people enjoy relaxing and enjoying the views from this scenic byway. A variety of other activities can be accessed from this route. In the Cache la Poudre Canyon kayaking and angling are popular pursuits. Other sites along the byway provide access to trails, four-wheel drive roads, campgrounds, hunting grounds and scenic overlooks.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - This scenic byway is located in the mountainous north-central section of the state. It follows the Cache la Poudre River west from Fort Collins just past Poudre Falls. From the falls the byway follows Joe Wright Creek to its junction with the Michigan River. The road then follows the Michigan into North Park and finally to Walden.


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Contact Information:
Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Estes- Poudre Ranger District, 1311 S. College Ave. , Fort Collins, CO, 80526, Phone: 970-498-2719

Additional Information:
Colorado Scenic Byways - Driving through Colorado can be some of the most rewarding driving possible. The scenic byways deserve their name and are definitely worth the detour.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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