Ansel Watrous Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

One of the campsites, adjacent to Cache La Poudre River, with a picnic table and fire grate.

Campground is adjacent to Cache La Poudre River. Area varies from heavily forested to open meadow, and is surrounded by steep mountains. Facilities provided include restrooms and drinking water. Each site contains a tent pad, fire grate, and picnic table. All campsites with a tent pad have a bear locker. Popular activities include fishing, white water rafting, and hiking. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis outside the reservation season. There are no sewer site hookups. The lower loop does not accommodate trailers, as the turn into the campground is very tight.  The upper loop is open year-round.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: A portion of the campground is open year-round.
Campsites are reservable Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.  Reservations are accepted at all campsites. Make your reservations at or by calling 1-877-444-6777 as early as 180 days in advance and at least 4 days prior to arrival. There is an additional $9 fee for this service via the website and a $10 fee for reservations made via the call center.
Fees Check detailed fee information on or see general fees on our campground table. Fees are discounted 25% when water is off. Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access passes provide cardholders half-price for basic campground fees.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: A single site may hold up to eight people. Tents must fit on the pads provided. RVs, trailers or other vehicles must fit on the parking spur because driving or parking off road is not permitted. The parking length ranges from 25 to 45 feet in upper loop. In the lower loop RV size is limited to an overall length of 30 feet. Call the local ranger district office for site-specific measurements.
Closest Towns: Fort Collins, CO
Water: Drinking water is usually available through late September. (Filling RVs not permitted)
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire: American Land & Leisure Inc.
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger DistrictContact Us

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Drive 11 miles north of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287. Turn left (west) onto Colorado Highway 14 (Poudre Canyon) and travel approximately 13 miles.

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