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Cache La Poudre River

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Address: Fort Collins, CO

Colorado's only designated National Wild and Scenic River provides...

Colorado's only designated National Wild and Scenic River provides thrilling whitewater and paddling adventures.

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Beautiful scenery, great hiking and REAL mountain biking

The area is very convenient to Ft. Collins and is beautiful for a drive, picnic, hike and mountain bike. Great kayaking too, a challenging river, I am not sure of the grade... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
R Bruce D
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The area is very convenient to Ft. Collins and is beautiful for a drive, picnic, hike and mountain bike. Great kayaking too, a challenging river, I am not sure of the grade level, but depending on the time of year and the stretch I'm sure it will reach a 5.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Steven's Gulch is the first picnic area as you drive toward Rustic. Nice picnic areas and easily accessed from the parking lot. The river allows a great day fishing. Go early if fishing is your goal. Later in the season, the river is full with water rafters.

Thank L1Martinez
Waterbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On the way back from Laramie, I decided to take the right turn to check out the canyon. What a gorgeous drive. My advice, mind the speed limit, so you don't end up driving off the road while staring at the incredible rock and river views. Evidence of a massive fire is a reminder of how much fire can alter... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail extends through much of northern Colorado. It is broken in places, but the paved trail goes all the way through Fort Collins and to La Porte to the north. Fishing is good in the river. Tubing is great in the summer, and just walking the trail is a journey through some of the history of Fort Collins.

1 Thank Alaska_Explorer
Fall River, Wisconsin
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80 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to stop and relax while visiting the Rockies west of FC. Lots of nice places to pull over and watch and listen to the river.

1 Thank Sparkdog1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to fish or just enjoy the scenery. 10 miles out of town. Too bad there isn't a hiking trail along the river like at Horsetooth Reservoir.

Thank jeff m
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's like being inside a painting. Beauty and wonder at every turn. The river meanders through a canyon of incredible rock formations

Thank W4004XRrebeccat
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another must see when visiting...along with Old Town and the many breweries. A drive through Poudre Canyon along the Cache La Poudre River is a must if you love the beauty of the outdoors and not far from Fort Collins. There are plenty of places to stop along the way to take pictures, walk along the river, hike, or stop... More 

Thank westiesruleyorkies2
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful places on Earth. I always take family and friends up the Poudre for day trips. A destination must for locals and tourists alike.

Thank Samantha P
South Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful bike path along the Poudre River. I started at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery where there is a Zagster Bike Rental. Rented a bike and headed out. If you head East on the path there are lots of little places to stop and explore. West goes to a lovely Butterfly Ranch. There are beautiful bridges and... More 

Thank Michele P

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