Zeb the Duck Travels the Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway

Autumn in Colorado is beautiful.   Today let’s drive one of Colorado’s scenic byways.   From Denver we drive north to Fort Collins then the scenic byway through Poudre Canyon and into Waldon, Colorado.   The Cache la Poudre River flows through Poudre Canyon.

Poudre la Cache River

This is a beautiful canyon.   We drove through this tunnel.

Tunnel through mountain

Tunnels are fun to drive through in our mountains.   We love the Cache la Poudre River.

Cache la Poudre River

Mom, I am almost cut out of this photo.   Watching and listening to water is very soothing for ducks and humans.

Cache la Poudre River

The only purpose for this blog post today is to show you how beautiful Colorado is this fall.   Our drive started at a rather low elevation in Fort Collins, just under 5,000 feet (1,524 m).   So leaves had not yet started to change colors.   But we go into the mountains and over Cameron Pass at 10,276 feet (3,132 m).   The leaves change colors at higher elevations first.

Gold aspen in Poudre Canyon

We love our golden aspen.   And we love the colors along the Cache la Poudre River.

Fall colors by river

And yet another photo of colors on the mountains.

Autumn in Colorado

Finally I, Zeb the Duck, am back in the photo.

Zeb with aspen leaves and mountain

These beautiful leaves are duck yellow.   The green and red add variety and I love the mountain shape here also.   I told mom we had enough photos of aspen turning gold, but around every curve in the road, we had to stop to take another photo.

Autumn in Poudre Canyon

So much beauty here.   Coming out of the mountains, we enter North Park.

North Park

A valley between two mountain ranges.   Remember last time I told you we have North Park, Middle Park, and the famous South Park.   Here is the town of Walden, Colorado.

Walden, Colorado. Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado

Walden is the Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado.    Northern Colorado is not overly populated and the roads are not crowded.   We thought we may see moose, but this is the only moose sighting today.

Our only moose sighting today

As we left town, about an hour later we saw antelope and later a deer.   Moose must come out closer to sunset.   Maybe next time we will see moose.   But it was a beautiful drive.   We hope you are enjoying fall colors in your area.

Colorado Beauty with Colorado Traveling Ducks

Rivers, canyons, tunnels and incredible sunsets.   Colorado shouts beauty.   Three Colorado Traveling Ducks loved a short scenic drive.   Leaving Denver we traveled north to Fort Collins.   Turning west, we followed highway 14, La Cache Poudre Canyon Scenic Byway.   This byway follows La Cache Poudre River, wandering through mountains.

JB Duck, Soapy Smith Duck and Zeb the Duck in the snow by the river

JB Duck, Soapy Smith Duck and Zeb the Duck in the snow by the river

The name, La Cache Poudre is French for The Powder’s Hiding Place.   This name is from the French Fur Trappers that once thrived here.   Scenery like this tunnel is reason to love Colorado.

Great tunnel through the mountain

Great tunnel through the mountain

We have admired stalactites in caves, but these icicles inside the tunnel are beautiful.

Icicles on ceiling of tunnel

Icicles on ceiling of tunnel

We really enjoy rivers that are snow covered and partially frozen.

JB Duck, Soapy Smith Duck and Zeb the Duck by the Poudre River

JB Duck, Soapy Smith Duck and Zeb the Duck by the Poudre River

Look at the surrounding mountains.

Colorado Mountains

Colorado Mountains

Continuing on our westward journey, we entered North Park.

Welcome to North Park

Welcome to North Park

North Park is a bowl shaped basin.

North Park

North Park

We  want to clarify that  Colorado really has geographic features named North Park, Middle Park and the more famous South Park.   But Kenny and his friends do not really live in our South Park.   Entering Walden, Colorado, we noted that the sign proclaims Walden as “the moose viewing capital of Colorado”

Walden is the moose viewing capital of Colorado

Walden is the moose viewing capital of Colorado

A farmer entertained all with this statue.

Great Rooster

Great Rooster

Driving back to Denver, the sunset was a culmination of a beautiful Colorado day.

Colorado Sunset

Colorado Sunset

We hope you explore and enjoy the area where you live.   Take time to appreciate and visit your town.   We love to explore Colorado.