Rafting on the Cache La Poudre River, Colorado’s only National Wild and Scenic River. Enjoy a rafting trip with A Wanderlust Adventure on the Cache La Poudre River, Colorado’s only National Wild and Scenic River. Federal legislators designated the Poudre River a Wild and Scenic river in 1986, a title given to the nation’s most pristine waterways. Rafting on the Poudre offers a unique experience because the river is protected and there are regulations on commercial use. Less crowds provide a more enjoyable wilderness rafting adventure on the Poudre River. The Poudre begins high in the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park along the Continental Divide. Flowing north and east it careens and tumbles down the slopes of the Poudre Canyon until it reaches the town of Fort Collins.
Historians don’t really know how the Poudre River was named but legends tell of a group of French trappers of the American Fur Company traveling through the area in the fall of 1836. They camped on the banks of the Poudre River near the present day town of Laporte. During the night a severe early snowstorm blew through the area and the wagon train was stuck for over a week. The snow was deep and the wagons could not move with the heavy loads of gun powder and supplies they were carrying. The trappers lightened their loads by burying the gun powder and supplies. They called this spot Cache La Poudre, “the hiding place of the powder.” The Poudre River eventually took on this name.