Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area

A river flows between tree-lined banks.
The Cache la Poudre River

NPS

Quick Facts

Location:
Bellvue, Colorado; LaPorte, Colorado; Fort Collins, Colorado; Timnath, Colorado; Windsor, Colorado; Greeley, Colorado
Significance:
The Cache la Poudre River runs through Northern Colorado’s history. Its story is crucial to understand the area's system of water management, the evolution of the area's economy and changes in recreational activities.
Designation:
National Heritage Area

The Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area tells the story of 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.

In 1996, Congress designated the Cache la Poudre River as a National Heritage Area to recognize the significant role its history with western water law has played both locally and nationally. The legislation provides for the appointment of a commission to oversee the management of the heritage area. 

The commission designees have formed a nonprofit organization, the Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA), to guide programs and activities. It is composed of representatives from local governments, organizations and the general public.