Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway
|While hiding their gunpowder, french fur trappers named this river the Cache La Poudre. Creating a paradise for anglers and white water rafters, the "Poudre" is Colorado's only federally designated National Wild and Scenic River.
Follow the route up the river to the top of 10,276' Camron Pass and find the 70,000 acre Colorado State forest. A preserve of glacier formed valleys and stands of douglas fir and blue spruce the Colorado State Tree. This same route has been used for centurys by native americans and later by trappers and settlers. Plan a picnic at Dutch George Flats, located in a gentle bend in the Cache la Poudre river.
Descend into North Park, this quiet bowl shaped valley west of the continental divide was once the grazing land for countless buffalo. The "park" remains heavily populated with deer, elk, black bear, and mountain lions. Antelope, Moose, coyote and fox, beaver and bobcat, and incredable numbers of migrating waterfowl flock to the Arapahoe National Wildlife refuge.
This byway is 101 miles of beauty and usually takes 3-4 hours to drive. For more information contact: Arapohoe and Roosevelt National Forest, Estes-Poudre Ranger District, 1311 S. College Ave., Ft Collins, CO 80526 (970) 498-2719
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