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Colorado whitewater, Cache La Poudre River

Larimer county, Big South Campground to Tunnel Picnic Ground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     2.4 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Laramie, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The nature scenery of Colorado and the cool fresh water beats anything. When you're paddling down a Medicine Bow Mountains river
    like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Big South Campground to Tunnel Picnic Ground section is just one of many. The nearby hotels are
a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Cache La Poudre River in Colorado is 2.4 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. This is a short paddling stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. If you're a camper you can  
camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
A short visit to Poudre Falls is always worthwhile, and you can have a splendid hiking adventure along the Green Ridge Trail. All year is a splendid time in the Medicine Bow Mountains if you adore the outdoors. Roosevelt National Forest is a pleasant location to check out, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Zimmerman Trail. A river like this is too good to miss. Not much rainfall falls here at Cache La Poudre River.

Cache La Poudre River, Big South Campground to Tunnel Picnic Ground road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cache La Poudre River.
 Whitewater Near Cache La Poudre River:
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 2.4 miles long (Big South Campground to Tunnel Picnic Ground)
Joe Wright Creek, Larimer County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (County Road 103 bridge to Big South Campground)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (Long Draw Reservoir to Big South Campground)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Indian Meadows Bridge to Narrows Picnic Ground)
Cache La Poudre River - South Fork, Larimer County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.5 miles long (Fish Creek Trailhead to Main fork)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Home Moraine to Indian Meadows Bridge)
Cache La Poudre River - North Fork, Larimer County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Cherokee Park Road to Halligan)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.4 miles long (Narrows Picninc Ground to Steven's Gulch Access)
Laramie River, Albany County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 3 miles long (Jelm Public Access to Woods Landing)
Cache La Poudre River, Larimer County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (Steven's Gulch Access to Mishawaka Inn)
 Ski Areas Near Cache La Poudre River:
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 33 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 40 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 41 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Snowy Range, Wyoming , 45 miles away, 990 foot drop, 5 lifts, 27 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 52 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 54 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 56 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 65 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 66 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Vail, Colorado , 67 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
 Hotels Near Cache La Poudre River:
Peak To Peak Lodge Inc., Estes Park , 19 miles away
The Evergreens On Fall River, Estes Park , 21 miles away
Timber Creek Chalets, Estes Park , 21 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Bighorn Lodge, Grand Lake , 21 miles away
Gateway Inn Restaurant Cnf Ctr, Grand Lake , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cache La Poudre River:
Sleping Elephant Campground, Larimer County, 2 miles away
Big South Campground, Larimer County, 2 miles away
Big South, Red Feather Lakes, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Cache La Poudre River:
Green Ridge Trail, Larimer , 2 miles away
Zimmerman Trail, Larimer , 3 miles away
Roaring Fork Trail, Larimer , 4 miles away
Big South Trail, Larimer , 5 miles away
Lower Nunn Creek Trail, Larimer , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cache La Poudre River:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park - CO , 25 miles away
Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado , 11 miles away
State Forest State Park, Colorado , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cache La Poudre River:
Fox Acres Country Club, Red Feather Lakes , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Cache La Poudre River
Long Draw Reservoir, Larimer , 8 miles away
Lake Irene, Grand , 13 miles away
Ypsilon Lake, Larimer , 14 miles away

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