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Cache la Poudre River

Poudre River Rafting, History & Local Information

Colorado’s Only “Wild & Scenic River” is a true hidden gem of the Rockies.

The Cache La Poudre River has always been treasured by its visitors as an extraordinary gem. The river is the lifeblood of Northern Colorado as its most important natural resource. The Cache La Poudre canyon’s jagged peaks, roaring river, gentle meandering meadows, and colorful people that called the Poudre home make the river special. Both the history and the contemporary state of the Poudre Canyon are remarkable. It is A great canyon only minutes away from Fort Collins, Colorado.

Present Day Poudre

Poudre River Rafting Trip with Mountain WhitewaterThe Cache La Poudre River is central to the lives of people in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. It provides drinking water for communities and water for agriculture. The river provides for ample recreational opportunities like Poudre river rafting trips, fly fishing and kayaking. The Poudre is a sanctuary for nature lovers and provides inspiration for artists. Fresh, clean Poudre river water is the cornerstone of the strong craft brewing industry in Fort Collins. It is an integral part of the identity of the region.

The Poudre River is a big part of what draws people to live in Fort Collins. It is impossible to overstate how having a beautiful river running through town positively impacts the community. Ask any local what to do while in the area, and they will inevitably say that you have to visit the river canyon, go rafting or fishing, or take a stroll or bike ride along the Poudre Trail. The people of Northern Colorado truly love the environment and aura surrounding the Poudre River and are excited to share it with others.

History & National Heritage

The Cache La Poudre River played a very important role in the history and development of the region. The river is what initially drew settlers to the area and provided the framework for the development of communities in Northern Colorado. The significant developments in the areas of water use regarding agriculture were the major factors in the lower sections of the river being named a National Heritage Area. The roots of this region are firmly set in the banks of the Poudre River.

For more information about the past, present, and future of this great river, please visit the Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area website. Here is a link to a longer and more detailed video about the history of the Cache La Poudre river produced by the Poudre Heritage Alliance.

A Wild & Scenic River

The Cache La Poudre River canyon was given the privileged status of being a National Wild & Scenic River on October 30, 1986. This status of being the only Wild & Scenic River in Colorado comes with an important responsibility toward stewardship. Every visitor of the Poudre Canyon is responsible for its care. It is important to Leave No Trace when enjoying the river. Users must take any chance to educate others about environmental stewardship of this amazing resource seriously. The Wild & Scenic designation sets the stage to preserve the Poudre River for future generations to enjoy. So, if we are all responsible for our use, the Poudre River will provide experiences that will last a lifetime for all.

Poudre Moose
Hawk on the Poudre
Big Horn Sheep