Cache la Poudre Wilderness Rules and Regulations

  • Motorized equipment, or mechanized transportation is prohibited, including motorcycles, chain saws, bicycles or carts. Wheelchairs are exempt.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock combined.
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited within 200’ feet (or more if posted) of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude. Thin soils and mountain vegetation are easily damaged by fire and fires scar rocks and soil. Use a stove, a fire pan or an existing fire ring when and where fires are allowed.
  • Certified weed-free forage is required on all public land. Only pelletized or steam-rolled feed grains, or certified weed-free hay, straw, or mulch are allowed.
  • Pets must be on a handheld leash at all times for hikers. Equestrian riders must have dogs under voice control.
  • Stock:
    • must not be hobbled, tethered or picketed within 200’ (or more if posted) feet of any lakes, streams or trails. This protects fragile vegetation and keeps lakes and streams clean.
    • are not permitted on the Mount McConnel and the Kruetzer Nature Trails.
  • Dispersed camping ban: all camping, except in developed campgrounds, is banned within one-quarter mile of the Cache la Poudre River.

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