Cache la Poudre River


View from the water on the Poudre River

The Cache la Poudre is Colorado's only nationally designated Wild and Scenic River. Starting high in the peaks of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park along the Continental Divide, the river flows down a rocky canyon through the Roosevelt National Forest, dropping 7,000 feet in elevation along the way. Many recreational opportunities abound along and on the river, incluidng scenic drives, camping, picnicking, fishing, rafting, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Upper Cache la Poudre Wild and Scenic River A picturesque granite rock formation. Large rock along the river This deep chasm roars with churning water much of the year. Commercial rafter group together in boats on the river.

At a Glance

Reservations: Five campgrounds along the Poudre accept reservations; six others are first come, first served.
Rentals & Guides: Many outfitter and guides are permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to provide guiding services to the public for activities like fishing, rafting and kayaking.
Busiest Season: Summer
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger District, 970-295-6700
  • Arrowhead Lodge serves as a visitor center for people traveling and recreating in the Cache la Poudre River corridor. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and staffed by helpful volunteers. 
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General Information

General Notes:

View a vicinity map of the Cache la Poudre Wild and Scenic River (geo .pdf)

Select the image to view a downloadable map of recreation sites along the river, including put-ins and take-outs along the river.

Vicinity map of Cache la Poudre Wild and Scenic River

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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