Are there any fees for going here? I've noticed there seem to be fees in Estes park to enter the state park & then to park your car. Also what is the best route to take & the time to drive it? Thanks
Most of the pull offs going up the Canyon are free. There are probably Day fee picnic areas and any camping overnight is usually State owned and will most likely require a fee. All fees are very reasonable. The best time to visit this Canyon is May through the late fall. Fall will have the most spectacular colors.
The route up would be through Fort Collins and then toward Cameron Pass.
Ok, first part i know...no fees for Poudre River. It is a curvy, scenic road which follows the P. River. Leaving from Ft. Collins we were able to enjoy several stops along the River, have lunch and return in time for dinner that evening. A lot of variables on the drive, which will affect your timing.
We did not pay any fees to drive around and through Estes Park. The only fees are if you want to do other things. The roads were good. We were on a motorcycle and felt the roads were not dangerous, but beautiful
Great answers already! Coming from Illinois you would take Hwy 76 to Hwy 14 into Fort Collins. 14 is Mulberry St. Take it west to the foothills, where I live and turn left at Taft Hill Road. Go south to W Cty Rd 38 and take a right. You can't miss it!
Great times. Enjoy the Fort Collins area too!
Fees for camping no. May to October best times. Traffic is rarely heavy. Take your time and pull of to play in the river frequently. Bring food and drink. No place except Mishawaka for lunch. No cell service, don't panic, you're in a beautiful freaking canyon. Beautiful drive all the way up to Cameron Pass. Ft. Collins to Cameron pass about an hour and half if you don't stop to play. Enjoy.
There are no fees unless you are camping. It is not a state or national park, just a natural feature of the landscape. The only way there is to take Colorado 14 (I think) and follow it along. A great drive, thrilling, but not too risky. take your time and enjoy the ride. Plan to stop often and explore.
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