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The other sections of our recreation resource guide just begin to dig into the array of activities that are possible within the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area.

Some other popular activities in our region include camping, backcountry skiing, paddle boarding, bird watching, wildlife viewing, hunting, snowmobiling, ATVing, and more.


Both primitive camping and glamping are possible within the
National Heritage area and beyond.

Looking for a place to park your RV with access to town and the surrounding mountains? Check out:

Want to stray further from the beaten path? Dispersed and paid camping is available within the Poudre Canyon.


Paddleboarding is a popular activity within the National Heritage Area and its surrounding reservoirs.

To paddle Horsetooth, check out:

You can also rent a paddleboard at Rocky Mountain Adventures:

Backcountry Skiing

If you prefer to earn your turns, here you are in good company.

Backcountry skiing up the Poudre Canyon can be a highly rewarding winter activity. Know before you go, and make sure you stay safe while exploring the backcountry and traversing avalanche terrain.

Read about skiing Cameron Pass here:

And consider picking up a copy of the guidebook:


Within the National Heritage Area, you will find a wide variety of bird habitats.

Thanks to local stewardship ethics, it is possible to enjoy the pleasure of bird watching without going far. Shortgrass prairie, wetlands, ponds, cottonwood forests, shrubland, and ponderosa pine forests all provide varied opportunities for birding in our region.

To learn more and find your destination, visit:

Owl | Credit: Kristen Hayes


We have only scratched the surface of the numerous recreational opportunities available in Colorado.

There are countless other destinations, trails, and activities waiting to be discovered. If we haven’t mentioned something here, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or isn’t worth exploring. The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area has something for everyone. All that is left to do is get out there and explore all that this amazing state has to offer!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife assembled a wonderful guide for outdoor recreation in our state. Check it out here: