We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Year-round access to high mountain pass in 60 curvy miles

The Cache la Poudre River is so different each season. It roars in the spring with snowmelt... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A short drive to Rustic offers some spectacular scenery

Just 6 miles north of Fort Collins, Poudre Canyon offers a variety of breathtaking views from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ed S
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
via mobile
Read all 360 reviews
All photos (144)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“beautiful drive”(28 reviews)
“poudre river”(46 reviews)
“fly fishing”(11 reviews)
Colorado's only designated National Wild and Scenic River provides thrilling whitewater and paddling adventures.
Fort Collins, CO
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Fort Collins
from US$65.00
More Info
from US$22.99
More Info
from US$15.00
More Info
Reviews (360)
Filter reviews
357 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews beautiful drive poudre river fly fishing twists and turns great camping picnic lunch take pictures natural beauty take your time roosevelt national forest mountain park white water rafting beautiful scenery year round day trip enjoy the scenery rafting companies
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 357 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cache la Poudre River is so different each season. It roars in the spring with snowmelt, offering great whitewater rafting and kayaking, and in the summer there are many campgrounds, picnic areas and trout fishing spots to enjoy. Yes, it's busy on weekends, so...More

Thank ColoradoKristy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

not the best drive in colorado......dry not much scenic till 60miles up the canyon. lot of idiots driving on weekends and holidays. I avoid at all costs on these times been doing it since the 60' and don't enjoy it except to go snow shoeing...More

1  Thank visit-often-to-NM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just 6 miles north of Fort Collins, Poudre Canyon offers a variety of breathtaking views from massive rock cliffs to many beautiful scenes of the river, often with fly fishermen trying their luck in the fast flowing water. The dramatic results of fires about 6...More

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whitewater rafting down the Cache La Poudre was a phenomenal experience! We used Mountain Whitewater Decents and getting the tour from our guide - Bobby "Whitewater Jesus" - was awesome. I'd recommend to anyone without hesitation!

Thank A7111EMkeving
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Great wilderness area. Many good campsites, both developed and rustic. We saw many folks fly fishing, so seems like a hot spot for that. This is also just a great place to go for a scenic drive.

Thank Stan T
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

What a lovely drive to the top of the pass. Possibility for moose!! The Poudre Falls is lovely. The tunnels are fun too

Thank Terry W
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The Cache La Poudre river has excellent Fly Fishing above and below Fort Collins, and even thru the middle of town. A bike path follows the river almost all the way to Greeley. There are numerous parks, reservoirs, golf courses, tennis courts, and other recreations...More

1  Thank Larry Y
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Rode motorcycles thru in August. Not a lot of places open before 11 a.m. Beautiful scenery. worth the drive!

Thank Roving277512
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Such a beautiful path along the river. Well maintained and traveled. My only concern is how fast some bikers speed along the trail.

Thank Judith S
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

The drive through the tunnel is unique & the canyon scenery is incredible! The river is so clean. Be sure to stop at Mishawaka for lunch & a craft brew.

Thank Susan A
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 33 nearby hotels
Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch
125 reviews
25.71 km away
Stoney River Lodge
65 reviews
30.26 km away
Americas Best Value Inn
6 reviews
30.97 km away
Budget Host Inn Fort Collins
19 reviews
31.09 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 679 nearby restaurants
Mishawaka Amphitheater
77 reviews
5.74 km away
Basil at the One Eighty One
27 reviews
17.61 km away
The Forks
40 reviews
22.25 km away
Vern's Place
187 reviews
24.10 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 198 nearby attractions
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
29 reviews
2.02 km away
Shambhala Mountain Center
63 reviews
11.55 km away
Lory State Park
35 reviews
23.39 km away
A Wanderlust Adventure
510 reviews
24.11 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
13 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from likeparty | Reviewed this property |
Takes me 2 days...I guess you could do it in half a day as Scott said above. There is a lot here to see...
Linda L
18 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from L1Martinez | Reviewed this property |
Most of the pull offs going up the Canyon are free. There are probably Day fee picnic areas and any camping overnight is usually State owned and will most likely require a fee. All fees are very reasonable. The best time to... More
19 April 2017|
Response from Louetta S | Reviewed this property |
In my opinion, the Poudre is an easier drive. Not like the Big Thompson or Rocky Mountain National Park. Yes, it is a 2 lane road. I think it is less stressful. You often see Hummingbirds. Hopefully, it works for you.