Photos of a Scenic Drive in Colorado and Wyoming

Yesterday morning was clear and crisp with a forecast for beautiful weather all weekend. I wanted to get outdoors and take advantage of the weather. I headed off, wanting to take a scenic drive, but with no particular destination in mind.

I headed north-west up the Poudre Canyon along highway 14, designated the Cache La Poudre – North Park Scenic Byway. CO 14 winds along the historic Cache La Poudre River, through the Rawah Wilderness and Roosevelt National Forest, over Cameron Pass, and down into the North Park and town of Walden. I wish I would have taken more photos along the Cache La Poudre River, but I didn’t really get my camera out until I got to Cameron Pass.

Sign at Cameron Pass in Colorado

Sign at Cameron Pass in Colorado

avalanche dangersign near Cameron Pass

A sign warning of avalanche danger near Cameron Pass

Highway 14, looking east towards the Continental Divide

Highway 14, looking east towards the Continental Divide

When I arrived in Walden, I considered driving to Steamboat Springs, but decided to head up to Laramie and then back down to Loveland. I picked that route since I’d never been on the road between Walden, CO and Laramie, WY, through Medicine Bow National Forest.

looking east from the road near Cowdrey, Colorado

View looking east from the road near Cowdrey, Colorado

Pronghorns west of Laramie, Wyoming

Pronghorns west of Laramie, Wyoming

I stopped in Laramie for a beer and a bite to eat. Afterward, I headed back to Loveland along Rt. 287, a scenic drive in itself with red cliffs and buttes to the east and snowy mountains to the west.

sandstone cliffs near Livermore, Colorado

Red sandstone cliffs near Livermore, Colorado

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