"Wild Rivers are earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own of humans always chipping away, and eventually always winning.”*
The Cache la Poudre River is steeped in Tradition. Being named Colorado’s first Wild and Scenic river, the Poudre River Has been an important travel route since Prehistoric times. Evidence of Native American history can
be found throughout The canyon, such as rock shelters, fire Hearths, and even a burial site with artifacts. The River’s name means “Hiding Place of Powder” which was established by the Fur trappers in the 1820’s. According to legend, the trappers were caught by a tremendous snowstorm, and had to lighten their load, therefore, they buried huge amounts (cache) of gun powder along the banks of the river.
Today, the Cache la Poudre River is still a bustle of activity. The river’s corridor offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Those activities include scenic driving; the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway is recognized as one of Colorado’s premier scenic highways.
Wildlife and bird watching; discover the different species native to Colorado. The river corridor has 257 overnight camping areas,
9 picnicking areas, hiking trails ranging in distance from 1.5 miles up to 6.5 miles, designed to meet all your hiking needs. You can enjoy the winter sports which include snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Seasonal hunting the variety of big game located in the area. Challenge yourself by the many 4x4 and scenic roads.
Exciting white water boating which offers easy access, challenging rapids and beautiful scenery, a river runner’ paradise. Or simply find pleasure in the excellent fly fishing opportunities for the wild or stocked rainbow and brown trout. Whether or not you chose to participate in any of the activities, at any point through out the day or evening, you can sit out on your cabin deck, listening to the Poudre River dancing below, and feel a sense of calm that is best summed up in the words of Henry David Thoreau who says, Who hears the rippling of rivers will not utterly despair of Anything
*Richard Bangs, River Gods