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Frontier History, Wildlife & Scenery in Rugged North Park

North Park

Updated: 5/21/2019

Raw, remote and tucked deep in Colorado's rugged northcounty, North Park is packed with frontier history, Wild West stories, roaming wildlife and over a million acres of pristine lakes, rivers, wetlands and wilderness areas.

Access to thousands of miles of hiking trails, hundreds of miles of groomed snowshoe and cross-country trails, a backcountry-hut system, the state's only OHV sand-dune area (North Sand Hills), mountain-bike trail systems and countless Gold Medal fishing areas, hunting and rafting can all be found near the North Park/Jackson County towns of Walden, Gould, Rand, Coalmont and Cowdrey.

State Forest State Park is one of the reasons North Park is designated the Moose Capital of Colorado. Stay in one of the park's cabins or yurts amid the Medicine Bow Mountains to get a glimpse of these creatures. And the Aprapaho National Wildlife Refuge offers quietude and glimpses of waterfowl, avocets, sandpipers, greater yellowlegs, dowitchers, hawks, Golden eagles, badgers, muskrats, beavers, pronghorn and much more.

The 101-mile Cache la Poudre – North Park Scenic & Historic Byway is the perfect way to see the area along twists, turns and canyon scenery.

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