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Whitewater Rapids on Cache la Poudre RiverThe Cache la Poudre River Canyon is truly a hidden treasure, with majestic cliffs and intriguing rock formations enveloped in ponderosa and lodgepole pines, sage brush, mountain mahogany and aspen.  The Cache la Poudre River--the place where French-Canadian trappers hid their gunpowder during a raging blizzard in the early 1800s, hence the name-- begins high in the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, along the Continental Divide.  Flowing north and east through Roosevelt National Forest, it tumbles down the slopes of the the Front Range and meanders through the city of Fort Collins.  From its headwaters to the confluence with the South Platte River east of Greeley, the Cache la Poudre drops 7,000 feet....

Rocky Mountain National ParkJust 35 miles from Fort Collins, the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park soar to more than 13,000 feet and form the Continental Divide.  The town of Estes Park sits at the eastern edge of the park.  Rocky Mountain National Park covers 410 square miles and includes Longs Peak (14,255 feet high), 18 named peaks above 13,000 feet, 150 named lakes, and the highest continuously paved highway in the U.S. -- Trail Ridge Road.  The road is usually open from Memorial Day until early October.  However, the park is open year-round and lower elevation roads are open during the winter.  The visitors' center provides information on the history, environment and recreational opportunities in the park.  Give...

Horsetooth ReservoirEnjoy activities, beautiful lodging and more at one Colorado's most scenic outdoor paradises located only minutes outside Fort Collins.

In 1933, the Poudre Valley was enduring years of drought and dust storms and the farmers began realizing the need for more water to satisfy the thrist of the crop-bearing farms around Fort Collins.  Knowing the water from the Poudre River was inconsistent, somtimes providing too much and at other times not enough, Horsetooth Reservoir was developed to solve the problem. 

The reservoir acquired its name from the unique rock formation that sits above the large body of water.  There is an old Native American legend regarding this famous stone.  The Valley of Contentment (today's Horsetooth...