Nearby State Forest State Park is an excellent place to spot the lumbering beauties. It's not uncommon to see more than one moose a day, primarily at dusk and dawn. Meanwhile, the North Park-Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway is an excellent way to tour the area's beautiful scenery.
Historically a favorite Ute hunting ground, the area, just 20 miles from the Wyoming border, has also begun to draw outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in pursuing their interests — hunting, hiking, camping, fishing in Gold Medal waters, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, snowmobiling — in more remote Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and Routt National Forest.
Year-round outdoor activities abound in North Park, including ghost-town exploration, wildlife and birding refuges, and the OHV trails in North Sand Hills’ sand dunes. Explore the remnants of olden-day homesteads and trading posts and historic teepee rings and experience the enduring spirit of the Wild West at rodeos and country fairs. North Park has several ghost mining towns, including Tellar City, Pearl and Coalmont. During the summer, there are plenty of hidden fishing holes, remote hiking and horseback-riding trails and motorcyle routes to discover, and the winter months bring deep, untouched powder for snowmobiling.
The town of Walden offers several restaurants and inns. The North Park Pioneer Museum, in a 1882 ranch house, keeps track of the region's history back to its founding in 1890. Through several expansions the museum has grown to 27 rooms, including some re-created historical rooms and plenty of pioneer artifacts. The North Park Never Summer Rodeo held each June is rich in Western and cowboy heritage, July is highlighted by North Park Day festivities and August is focused on the Sky's the Limit Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Walden is part of the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program, a nonprofit that helps visitors delve into the region’s rich culture and heritage. Look for signs in town highlighting notable icons in the community.