Colorado Nature June 15, 2022
Follow The South Platte River Along This Scenic Drive Through Colorado
Are you ready to gas up the car and hit the road? Sure, gas prices are high, but this is Colorado, which means we have incredible drives all over the place! Take, for instance, this riverside Colorado drive that may be the most scenic in the state:
Welcome to the 439-mile-long South Platte River!
Running from Park County to North Platte, Nebraska, the South Platte River passes through some of Colorado's most diverse scenery, including the central mountains, cities (a la Denver and Greeley), and northeast plains.
While driving, keep your eyes peeled for each area's distinct landscape and all-natural landmarks, like the Pawnee Buttes near Greeley and the South Park grasslands.
If you are an outdoors(wo)man, set aside extra time to get out and explore, as the South Platte offers some of the best fishing, kayaking, and rafting in the state.
No time to drive the entire stretch of the South Platte? No problem, as the Denver area alone encompasses millions of acres of the river and surrounding open space.
If spending the night beneath the stars is your jam, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of designated places to camp along the South Platte River!
If you plan to camp, please check the area in advance for availability or fees.
To learn more about the South Platte River, please visit the U.S. Forest Service's
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