Greeley

Greeley

Located where the Poudre and South Platte rivers meet, Greeley gives a glimpse into life in the west with rodeos and a variety of museums.

Poudre Heritage Area

Poudre Heritage Area

The Heritage Area provides opportunities to discover and celebrate the river's cultural and historical contributions to Northern Colorado.

Windsor

Windsor

With a strong agricultural history, Windsor features contemporary businesses in quiet downtown while continuing to display its cultural roots.

Fort Collins

Fort Collins

Home to a vibrant Old Town and 280 miles of bike trails, Fort Collins is an outdoor-oriented community with plenty of activities to choose from.

Loveland

Loveland

Loveland is known for its impressive local art program. Outdoor enthusiasts love its proximity to great fishing, rock climbing, hiking and biking trails.

Big Thompson Canyon

Big Thompson Canyon

Bordering the Big Thompson River, the awe-inspiring canyon offers opportunities for hiking, fishing rock climbing, dining and more.

Poudre Park

Poudre Park

Situated alongside the Cache la Poudre River, Poudre Park visitors can enjoy a day in the sun with a picnic or cool off with a dip in the river.

Cache la Poudre River

Cache la Poudre River

Designated a Wild & Scenic River, the Poudre has been essential to generations for water, agriculture, business, and recreation.

Roosevelt National Forest

Roosevelt National Forest

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests contain 1.5 million acres of public land with spectacular views and 10 wilderness areas.

Alpine Visitor Center

Alpine Visitor Center

At 11,796 ft., this is the highest facility of its kind in the U.S. and offers views of Fall River, Longs Peak and the Never Summer Mountains.

Estes Park

Estes Park

A picturesque mountain town, Estes Park provides something for everyone, from outdoor activities to over 200 retail stores and restaurants to explore.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

A living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains the park covers 265,795 acres and reaches 14,259 ft. above sea level.

State Forest State Park

State Forest State Park

From cabins and yurts to backpacking and campsites the park provides 71,000 acres of rugged wilderness.

Cameron Pass

Cameron Pass

Home to the Seven Utes Mountain, Cameron Pass offers views into the basin of North Park and access to popular hiking and cross-country skiing trails.

Gould

Gould

The small community of Gould is popular for its winter recreation, including snowmobiling and hunting, along with its diverse landscape.

Grand Lake

Grand Lake

With endless mountains and Colorado's larges natural lake, Grand Lake is an apline village popular for its sunny days and family-friendly activities.

Walden

Walden

Resting in the large open valley of North Park, Walden draws outdoor enthusiasts and gives visitors a taste of the region's history.

Arapahoe National Refuge

Arapahoe National Refuge

Trails and an auto tour allow visitors to learn about the significance of North Park as a bird migration route and home to various flora and fauna.

Moose Center

Moose Center

The Moose Visitors Center tells the story of the North Park moose and features information on the park and its wildlife

Granby

Granby

Founded in 1905, the Town of Granby is the "heart" of Grand County, close to 3 major lakes with beautiful unspoiled views.

Hot Sulphur Springs

Hot Sulphur Springs

Located in the town with the same name, Hot Sulphur Springs is a natural hot spring that offers water fun for all and other spa services.

Kremmling

Kremmling

Kremmling offers easy access to virtually every outdoor pursuit in Colorado with 3 national forests, several major rivers, and access to 6 ski resorts.

Gore Canyon

Gore Canyon

A water recreation feature situated on the Colorado River, Gore Canyon provides opportunities for water-enthusiasts with a great viewing platform.

Colorado River

Colorado River

The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the entire Southwestern United States and begins at La Poure Pass in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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1 LOOP, 360 MILES

THIS IS THE COLORADO YOU IMAGINED

Experience everything that the Rocky Mountain scenery has to offer, all from the comfort of your vehicle. Stretching over 360 miles of Northern Colorado, this driving loop connects the three central scenic byways in the area with the Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area. Whether you plan on touring the entire loop or just visiting the area for a quick trip, a new adventure is always right around the corner.

 

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PLAN YOUR TRIP

 

Entire Loop

2-3 days, 360 miles

If you plan on exploring the entire Byways Heritage Loop, schedule 2 to 3 days to drive the complete route. Be sure to look into lodging options before embarking on your journey.

PRAIRIE TO PEAK

1 DAY, 35-160 MILES

Looking for a day trip? Consider starting in Greeley and the Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area and heading either west to catch Trail Ridge Road in Estes Park, or follow the Poudre River northwest to Fort Collins and the Cache la Poudre-North Park Byway. With various towns and attractions, these routes are a great way to sample what the loop has to offer within a day.

EXTENDED LOOP

3+ DAYS, 400 MILES

Interested in spending as much time exploring as possible? Extend the loop by following the Colorado River Headwaters Byway west to Kremmling and then take US-40 W and CO-14 E to Walden. Here you can catch the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic & Historic Byway and continue through the rest of the loop.