The River that Set Historic Water Law in the West

The contributions of the Cache la Poudre River to the development of water law in the Western United States, the evolution of water delivery systems, and the shaping of the region’s cultural heritage are all commemorated along the flood plain of this working river through programs and activities that combine the area’s rich history, beautiful scenery and many opportunities for recreation.


Two men read a wayside sign along a wooded trail.

Just What is a National Heritage Area?

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources are nationally important.

Read More
The blue river flows through canyons of steep rock.

A Unique Partnership

For more detailed information about this National Heritage Area and how the partners work together, visit the Poudre Heritage Alliance homepage.

Read More
The Cache La Poudre river flows at high levels in the springtime

Celebrating Western Water History

The Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas.

Read More

Did You Know?