Poudre River Canyon - North Central Colorado

Includes Bellvue, Glendevey, La Porte, Rustic


Designated Colorado's first National Wild and Scenic River in 1986 and the state's only National Heritage Area in 1996, the Poudre River Canyon, also known as Cache la Poudre, is a remarkable spot in the midst of the Roosevelt National Forest. The Poudre River runs along Highway 14, Cache La Poudre/north Park Scenic Byway, in northwestern Colorado.

In 1840, French trappers camped at the mouth of the canyon, just west of Fort Collins. When a heavy snow fell and they had to reduce their load, the French men buried their gun powder along the river's banks - forever giving it the name "Cache la Poudre."

Eventually, the river would go on to play a pivotal role in the development of Colorado and its water laws, which have served as a model for many Western states. The river is also known for its innovations in water delivery systems, such as the Greeley #3 irrigation ditch and Bellevue's Hydrology Laboratory, which developed an important system for measuring and distributing Colorado's waters. To honor these contributions, the river was the first spot west of the Mississippi to be designated a National Heritage Area. Spanning 45 miles, the area runs from the edge of Roosevelt National Forest to just east of Greeley.

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Today, the river is best known for its fishing. Brown and rainbow trout are plentiful, and the river's rapids are also home to countless whitewater rafters and kayakers. Some areas of the river are "Wild Trout" sections where bait fishing is not allowed.

Hiking is also popular in the Comanche Peak Wilderness, the Rawah Wilderness, the Neota Flat Tops Wilderness and in Roosevelt National Forest. There is access to hiking trails into the backside of Rocky Mountain National Park.

In winter, vacationers try one of the many cross-country ski trails in the breathtaking high peaks of the Cameron Pass area at 10,276'.

Poudre River Canyon is near: Fort Collins, North Park Area & Red Feather Lakes Area

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Featured Poudre River Canyon Businesses

Archer's Poudre River Resort, Cabins, Camping & Store  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Cabins, RV and Tent sites along the Cache La Poudre River. 2 Central hot tubs. Canyon Grille, outdoor deck & views. Picture your WEDDING under a canopy of aspen trees. 35 miles west of Fort Collins.

cabins Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Pets Welcome Lodging by water Groups and Reunions Fishing ATVing and Offroading Whitewater Rafting Hunting Winter Lodging Snowmobiling Cross country skiing 

Bighorn Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
Modern cabins on landscaped grounds 42 miles west of Fort Collins along the Wild and Scenic Cache la Poudre River. Studio to 3-bedrooms homes, peaceful and relaxing, smoke-free, cozy and comfortable.

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Hideaway, The  New Colorado vacation business
Come, stay in this awesome mountain setting with private access to fishing the Poudre River near Fort Collins, off Highway 14. A 2-bedroom secluded cabin hideaway is fully furnished with a modern kitchen.


Poudre River & Red Feather Lakes Tourist Council  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Enjoy the quiet that only mountains can bring you: Poudre Canyon, Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes. Come discover one of Colorado's Best Kept Secrets -- For a quick getaway or the vacation of a lifetime!


Poudre River Canyon Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Cache La Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Cache la Poudre River Rafting

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