America's Scenic Byways

Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic and Historic Byway

101 miles - Allow 3 hours to drive the byway.

The Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway leads visitors from the city of Fort Collins to the quiet, bowl-shaped valley of North Park, located just west of the Continental Divide. The Cache La Poudre River Canyon and the Roosevelt National Forest characterize the eastern section of the byway, while the North Park valley dominates the western section. North Park was once a favorite bison grazing ground, and today deer, antelope, elk, moose, beaver, and coyote populate the area. There are all types of wildlife to be seen on the byway, and migrating waterfowl flock to the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Recreation along the byway is high on visitors' lists. The Poudre River, Colorado's only federally designated National Wild and Scenic River, is a popular spot for whitewater boaters and anglers. The Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway was once a useful transit corridor for Native Americans and early white explorers. Today, the byway is a destination spot for travelers looking for beautiful scenery, solitude, diverse landscape, and recreational opportunities.