Arrowhead Lodge Visitor Center

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Front view of the Arrowhead Lodge, used as the visitor center in the Cache la Poudre River corridor.

Arrowhead Lodge was originally built as a summer mountain resort. Construction began in 1933 and the lodge opened for business in 1935. In 1984, Arrowhead Lodge was transferred from private to public ownership in a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service. Today Arrowhead Lodge serves as a visitor center for people traveling and recreating in the Cache la Poudre River corridor. Staff answers questions, and sells forest maps and federal recreation passes.

The lodge is also known as a viewing spot for bighorn sheep, mostly on the hillsides behind the main buildings.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Open Season: 6/1 - 9/2
Closest Towns: Fort Collins, Rustic
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: U.S.F.S
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger DistrictContact Us

General Information

Directions: From Fort Collins, take Highway 287 north eleven miles, turn west onto Colorado Highway 14. Travel 34 miles west. The lodge will be on your right.

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Arrowhead Lodge is one of the last existing examples of rustic resort architecture in northern Colorado. The 13 acre site with log cabins and main lodge are listed on the National Historic Register. Visitors are welcome to wander through the visitor center lodge and grounds. Inside the lodge, visitors can look at old photographs and imagine sharing a meal with other travelers and locals, and learn about the local wildlife and geology through displays throughout the building.  Outside, visitors can take a walk back in time with a self-guided interpretive tour around the grounds and visit two period-furnished sleeping cabins.   

Visitor Centers

Formally a mountain resort, this 1930’s -era lodge is now open to visitors during the summer months.  Browse the displays and bookshop, look at maps and talk with volunteers who will be happy to share their knowledge of the lodge and surrounding area. They may be able to tell you where to spot a moose!


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