Cache la Poudre River

A National Wild and Scenic RiverNational Wild and Scenic River

Kayakers on the Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway near Ft Collins, Colorado.

How to get there:

The Byway begins at the intersection of SH 14/US 287 NW of Ft Collins and follows SH14 to Walden.

  • From I-25/I-70 to US 287/SH 14
  • 70 miles 1 hr 20 mins
  • GPS
  • US 287/SH 14
  • 40.6637
  • -105.1883

In General:Kayaking/River RaftingHikingCampgroundFishing Available

  • Length: 97 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 2 hours

The entire length of the Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway is paved. It follows along the Cache la Poudre River for about 50 miles and in this stretch you’ll find 11 Forest Service CG’s. It then climbs up to Cameron Pass (10249 ft) and drops into North Park, prime moose viewing country.

Photo Ops:VistasWildlife

This Byway is truly scenic; photo ops are everywhere! There are numerous pullouts offering great action shots of kayakers and rafters. The photo ops listed below are just a few highlights along the way.

Mile 39.7 – Big Bend CG CampgroundWildlifeScenic vistas

There is a bighorn sheep viewing station along the entrance road to the campground. Mornings and evenings typically offer the best photo ops for these animals. Watch for the Sleeping Elephant and Profile rock formations in the next few miles.

Mile 47.2 – Poudre Falls WaterfallsKayaking/River Rafting

The river rushes through a narrow chasm, almost always providing a fine photo op.

Mile 57.9 – Cameron Pass Scenic vistas

The pass offers some fine vistas of the photogenic Nokhu Crags. Watch for the best vantage points. Stop at the Moose Visitor’s Center a few miles down from the pass for info on observing and photographing moose. From here to Walden is prime moose country.

Mile 69.3 – State Forest SP FlowersScenic vistasWildlife

With 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks, alpine lakes, wildlife and miles of trails, this park has it all when it comes to photo ops!

Mile 96.6 – Arapaho Ntl Wildlife Refuge Waterfkowl ViewingWildlife

During peak migration in late May, 5,000 or more ducks may be present. Badger, muskrat, beaver, coyote, and pronghorn antelope are commonly observed. Now and then one may see a red fox, mink, long-tailed weasel, or porcupine.

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