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ANSEL WATROUS, CO

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Ansel Watrous Campground is located on the Cache la Poudre River, 22 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colo., along Highway 14. Visitors enjoy the area for its great rafting, fishing and hiking opportunities.

Natural Features:

The canyon's vegetation varies from dense forests to open meadows and the campground is surrounded by steep mountains. The campground is situated among Ponderosa pines on the banks of the Cache la Poudre River, Colorado's first river designated as a National Wild and Scenic River.

Recreation:

The Cache la Poudre River offers whitewater rafting and fishing. Anglers cast for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout, among other species of fish.

Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are in the surrounding area, including the 4-mile Young Gulch Trail.

Other popular activities enjoyed by visitors to the campground include birding and wildlife viewing.

Facilities:

The campground offers accessible single-family sites, each equipped with a 12-by-15 tent pad, a picnic table and a campfire ring with grill.

Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Dead and downed firewood may be gathered in the forest or purchased from the campground host.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Rafting
  • River Access
  • Tent Pads
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • This is bear country! For bear and human safety, keep a clean campsite and do not place food or other attractants in your tent. For more information about visiting bear country, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at http://wildlife.state.co.us
  • The campground's lower loop is not accessible to trailers longer than 20 feet, due to a hairpin switchback near the campground entrance
  • Drinking water is available at the campground until Sept. 28th each year.
  • All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis before and after the reservation season
  • Click here for more information on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
  • Operated by American Land & Leisure. You may contact us at www.AmericanLL.com or 801-226-3564.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.68971, -105.34916
40°41'23"N, 105°20'57"W

From Fort Collins, take Highway 14 northwest for 13 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ANSEL WATROUS

BELLVUE CO 80634

Phone Number:

Information: (970)295-6700
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