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Cache La Poudre-North Park Byway

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Poudre Falls on the Cache La Poudre-North Park Byway, Colorado

Photo by Paul Winters
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   The Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway follows Colorado's Route 14 from Fort Collins, up and over the Divide a to bowl-shaped valley called North Park. Half of this byway mirrors the winding Cache La Poudre, the state's only river with a Wild and Scenic designation. The scenery found on the eastern portion of the byway is dominated by the Roosevelt National Forest and the 60 mile long Poudre Canyon. The western valley of North Park is noted for its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. Although it would be hard to choose Colorado's most popular scenic byway, the 100 mile Poudre-North Park drive would rank in the top tier.
   Pictured here is the roaring Poudre Falls, one of the thrill rides for seasoned kayakers. The river keeps its punch until late summer, powered by snowmelt from the Never Summer Range inside Rocky Mountain National Park. This area records some of the heaviest snowfall in Colorado, often topping 300 inches. During winter, the Arapaho-Roosevelt Forest sees visitors enjoying cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling on its superb trails.

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