The Cache la Poudre River flows through Colorado’s history

Linking its people, history, and arteries of commerce, the Poudre River has been counted on for moments of great drama, and for attracting its share of characters. The river has many stories to share, and through our Heritage Trail Program we will elevate those stories in a cohesive manner throughout the river corridor.

The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) follows 45 miles of the lower “working Cache” through Fort Collins, Windsor, Greeley and beyond. Through the Heritage Trail program we are creating cohesive branding, storytelling and visitor wayfinding throughout the river corridor. Interpretive signs and viewing areas next to the river will enable visitors to understand more clearly the messages of history, the environment, or a nearly forgotten culture.

This program also ties into the re-development of the Poudre River District in downtown Fort Collins, including the new Whitewater Park that has transformed sections of the river and improved recreation for kayakers and tubers.

Colorado the Beautiful Grant: Strategic Interpretive Plan

Request for Proposal: Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area Strategic Interpretive Plan

The Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, seeks proposals for a Strategic Interpretive Plan. Consultant will work with PHA, our partners, and stakeholders to develop a Strategic Plan to help CALA become more accessible to the public, provide visitors with a seamlessly integrated experience, and build partner capacity.

Download Request for Proposal

Please submit proposals electronically in PDF format to Megan Maiolo-Heath, PHA Communications Coordinator, at

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 14th , 2020.

Questions: Contact Kathleen Benedict, PHA Executive Director, at 970-222-5795 or email


Heritage Trails: Improving the visitor experience



•Improve the visitor experience throughout the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) and adjacent regions.

Interpretive Sign Characteristics

• Brief stories and images on signs with links to web for more detail
• Materials and character fitting of the Poudre River environment
• Durable
• Modular, changeable, and expandable
• Variety of options and cost levels


• Develop a coordinated family of interpretive signs, markers and viewing areas that can be utilized throughout CALA
• Raise awareness about CALA and the Poudre River
• Draw attention to and educate trail users about interesting and ingenious ways that humans have interacted and worked with the Poudre River to improve life on the high plains of Colorado
• Improve connections from the river corridor to nearby towns, historical sites, etc.
• Strengthen partnerships between the Poudre Heritage Alliance and organizations within CALA

The Campaign for Cache

The Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) raises awareness about water issues and connects people to their water heritage in the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) through a variety of programs that promote, engage, and inspire!