In and Near Roosevelt National Forest
Nestled in the beautiful Northern Colorado Rockies, are the magnificent Poudre Canyon, wild and scenic Poudre River, rustic village of Red Feather Lakes, high country of North Park and historic town of LaPorte. The 612,000 acre Roosevelt National Forest surrounds the Poudre Canyon and Red Feather Lakes areas providing exceptional outdoor recreation activities on a year round basis. The Rawah Wilderness Area, one of the most beautiful areas within the Roosevelt National Forest comprises 25,580 acres of rugged peaks, alpine lakes and streams. It is managed to invite adventure, provide refuge from civilization and preserve the flora and fauna.
Cache Le Poudre River
The Cache La Poudre River (cash-la-pooder) is steeped in local history, nurtures visions of mountain men, trapping, pioneering, mining and early wagon and stagecoach trails. The river rises high in the mountains on the Continental Divide and meanders through the magnificent Poudre Canyon and Roosevelt National Forest. It is flanked by beautiful scenery, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, fabulous fishing, hiking trails, comfortable resorts, residences and recreational cabin sites. The river became Colorado's first National Wild and Scenic River in 1986. The 612,000 acre Roosevelt National Forest surrounds the area and provides exceptional outdoor recreation activities on a year-round basis.
The North Park area, including Gould, Rand and Walden is nestled in a valley at 8,000 feet, surrounded by mountains reaching above 12,000 feet. North Park offers a variety of year-round recreation, including hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, 4x4 trails, boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and bird watching. Several old ghost towns and the sand dunes can also be enjoyed. The area is surrounded on three sides by National Forest and on the fourth side by State Forest. The National Forest include four wilderness areas, comprising approximately 75,550 acres, plus the Arapahoe Wildlife Refuge.
Red Feather & Crystal Lakes
Red Feather Lakes, located just north of the Poudre River, is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest with sparkling steams, lush mountain meadows and stately peaks. The area was first settled around 1900 by loggers and ranchers, and occasionally a deserted homestead can be seen at the edge of a meadow or half hidden in the Aspen and pine forests. Visitors will enjoy Red Feather Lakes' quaint shops, fun restaurants, and unrivaled old-fashioned hospitality.
Fly fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, camping, horseback trail riding, and photography are just a few of the activities which may be enjoyed in these areas. All of this is easily accessible from the city of Fort Collins, home of the Colorado State University campus as well as theaters, museums and microbreweries. Enjoy your vacation in any of these areas!