With no way through Rocky Mountain National Park available, we found a northern alternative via Loveland and Fort Collins, then west on Route 14 through Rustic, Kinikinik and a lot of places that included the name Poudre. It was a really scenic road which edged a river apparently very popular for white river rafting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache_La_Poudre_River
On exiting the national forest, we saw many moose before reaching Walden, the self-proclaimed moose viewing capital of Colorado. Route 14 eventually ended with highway 40, which we then took over the Continental Divide at Rabbit Ears Pass and into Steamboat Springs.