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Poudre-River-Canyon , also called Cache la Poudre River, is a designated Wild and Scenic River due to its' outstanding recreational and scenic features. The Poudre River Canyon is a narrow verdant canyon approximately 40 miles long on the upper Cache la Poudre River. The canyon is a glacier formed valley through the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains northwest of Fort Collins. Except for a small portion of the canyon north of Rocky Mountain National Park, the canyon runs parallel to Colorado State Highway 14, the principal road through the canyon. All of the communities in the canyon are unincorporated, with some resort cabin communities found here and there along the canyon downstream from Rustic, which at one time was a bustling summer resort. The area is relatively isolated, compared to canyons further south along the Colorado Front Range, giving it a very peaceful, tranquil atmosphere. Most commercial establishments in the area are found in Poudre Park, which caters to the modest number of tourists that arrive during fishing and whitewater rafting season. The nearby National Forest has numerous trails that serve as hiking trails in the summer and cross-country trails in the winter. Trout is the most popular species of fish in the river and the U.S. Forest Service maintains a series of picnic areas and campgrounds along the Poudre River Canyon.

Surrounding areas: Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (7.3 mi), Poudre Park, Colorado (16.1 mi), Glen Haven, Colorado (18.9 mi), Estes Park, Colorado (22.6 mi), Fort Collins, Colorado (28.7 mi), Arrowhead, Colorado (31.9 mi), Grand Lake, Colorado (32.7 mi)

Poudre River Canyon Vacation Rentals

Poudre River Canyon Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Riverview Pines Motel1150 W ElkhornEstes Park, CO22.1 mi.(970) 586-3627
Hobby Horse Motor Lodge800 Big ThompsonEstes Park, CO22.4 mi.(970) 586-3336
The Stanley Hotel333 Wonderview AveEstes Park, CO22.4 mi.(970) 577-4000
Best Western Silver Saddle1260 Big Thompson AveEstes Park, CO22.5 mi.(970) 586-4476
Boulder Brook LTD1900 Fall Riv RdEstes Park, CO22.6 mi.(970) 586-0910
Comfort Inn1450 Big Thompson AveEstes Park, CO22.6 mi.(970) 586-2358
Golden Eagle Resort300 Riverside DrEstes Park, CO22.6 mi.(970) 586-6066
Marys Lake Lodge2625-a Marys LK RdEstes Park, CO22.6 mi.(970) 586-5308
Ponderosa Lodge1820 Fall Riv RdEstes Park, CO22.6 mi.(970) 586-4233
River Stone2120 Fall Riv RdEstes Park, CO22.6 mi.(970) 586-4005
Holiday Inn - Estes Park101 S St Vrain StEstes Park, CO22.8 mi.(970) 586-2332
Estes Park Center2515 Tunnel RdEstes Park, CO24.7 mi.(970) 586-3341
Motel 63900 E Mulberry StFort Collins, CO26.3 mi.(970) 482-6466
Americinn Lodge & Suites Of Windsor7645 Westgate DrFort Collins, CO28.7 mi.(970) 226-1232
Hilton Fort Collins425 W Prospect RdFort Collins, CO29.1 mi.(970) 482-2626
The Armstrong Hotel259 S College AveFort Collins, CO29.1 mi.(970) 484-3883
Best Western University Inn914 S College AveFort Collins, CO29.3 mi.(970) 484-1948
The Helmshire Inn1204 S College AveFort Collins, CO29.3 mi.(970) 493-4683
The Seasons1020 Wabash StFort Collins, CO29.4 mi.(800) 352-5804

Poudre River Canyon Weather & Climate

North-central Colorado has a semi-arid, continental climate with cold, dry winters and hot, wet summers. On average, this area receives just over 17 inches of rain per year. Snowfall averages 60 inches per year, but many times the snow quickly melts during the daylight hours. Temperatures in winter are cold, but usually not bitterly cold. As with most of Colorado, the climate is termed as highland or mountain climate. Humidity is normally quite low, which means it feels cool, even on hot days. Warm, moist air from the south most frequently moves into the area during spring, causing thunderstorms. Frequent showers and thunderstorms continue well into summer. There may also be hot, dry spells in summer.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 10°F 1.18 in. -
February 34°F 12°F 1.00 in. -
March 40°F 15°F 1.98 in. -
April 44°F 19°F 1.98 in. -
May 55°F 29°F 1.44 in. -
June 67°F 37°F 1.12 in. -
July 74°F 43°F 1.10 in. -
August 72°F 42°F 1.05 in. -
September 65°F 34°F 0.97 in. -
October 53°F 26°F 0.76 in. -
November 38°F 18°F 1.27 in. -
December 32°F 12°F 1.06 in. -

Poudre River Canyon Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fort Collins Loveland Municipal airport (FNL) located about 35 miles southeast of Poudre River Canyon in Fort Collins / Loveland, Colorado, the Laramie Regional airport (LAR) located approximately 42 miles north of Poudre River Canyon in Laramie, Wyoming, the Cheyenne airport (CYS) located roughly 52 miles northeast of Poudre River Canyon in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Greeley Weld County airport (GXY) located around 54 miles southeast of Poudre River Canyon in Greeley, Colorado, and finally the Jeffco airport (BJC) located about 60 miles south of Poudre River Canyon in Denver, Colorado.

Poudre River Canyon Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO68.3 mi.
Mile High Flea MarketHendersonCO68.3 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO74.0 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO74.0 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO66.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Estes Park Golf CourseEstes ParkCO23.1 mi.
Lake Estes Executive 9 Hole CourseEstes ParkCO23.1 mi.
City Park Nine Golf CourseFort CollinsCO29.0 mi.
Collindale Golf CourseFort CollinsCO29.0 mi.
LinkNGreens Golf CourseFort CollinsCO29.0 mi.
Mountain Vista Greens Golf CourseFort CollinsCO29.0 mi.
Ptarmigan Golf & Country ClubFort CollinsCO29.0 mi.
SouthRidge Golf ClubFort CollinsCO29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Snowy RangeLaramieWY42.5 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO56.2 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO65.7 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO68.6 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO76.1 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO83.4 mi.
VailVailCO83.4 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO87.0 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO106.3 mi.
State Parks
Lory State ParkCO23.8 mi. 
University of Wyoming Art MuseumLaramieWY42.5 mi.(Art)
Longmont Museum & Cultural CenterLongmontCO45.4 mi.(History)
Colorado University Museum of Natural HistoryBoulderCO50.5 mi.(Science)
Wyoming State MuseumCheyenneWY51.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO74.0 mi.

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