Cameron Pass and upper Poudre Canyon

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Cameron Pass and upper Poudre Canyon

Aliases: Poudre Canyon (upper), Upper Poudre Canyon

The beautiful spruce-fir forest here is home to high-mountain birds such as Pine Grosbeak, Gray Jay, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Cassin’s Finch, and Red Crossbill. Occasionally, White-winged Crossbills can be seen near the top of the road. The area around Cameron Pass is famous as a site for the highly elusive Boreal Owl, which is best heard late at night, between February and April, within 2 miles of the pass. Also watch for bighorn sheep crossing the road in daylight, and porcupines crossing the road at night. Moose are in the area, seen usually in meadows with creeks running through them. The 2020 fire scorched some areas, but left other areas untouched.

Photos by Rick Reeser

County: Larimer

Directions: From Fort Collins: head north on US 287 about 10 miles to Ted’s Place, then go west on CO 14/Poudre Canyon Road. Continue for approximately 65 miles to Cameron Pass.

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: USFS
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please respect private property. Beware of high-speed traffic on the road.

Parking: Varied
Lodging: Campgrounds

Handicapped Access: Viewing from car; some parking lots are accessible

Latitude: 40.520458
Longitude: -105.893442

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Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
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