Stove Prairie Campground is located on the Cache la Poudre River, 26 miles northwest of Fort Collins, in north central Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its great rafting, fishing and hiking opportunities.
The Cache la Poudre River offers whitewater rafting and fishing. Anglers cast for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are in the surrounding area, including the Mt. McConnel Trail, William R. Kreutzer National Recreation Trail and Young Gulch Trail.
Other popular activities include birding and wildlife viewing.
The campground offers eight accessible, single-family campsites. Four sites are walk-to tent sites. Each site is equipped with a 12-by-15 tent pad, table and campfire ring with grill.
Accessible vault toilets are provided. Dead and downed firewood may be gathered in the surrounding forest, or purchased from the campground host.
The canyon's vegetation varies from dense forests to open meadows, surrounded by steep mountains. The campground is situated among ponderosa pine and aspen trees on the banks of the Cache la Poudre River, Colorado's first National Wild and Scenic River.
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This campground was really clean and well-maintained. The bathrooms were pristine! We were at site 7 and it was a beautiful spot! The only negative is that it’s kind of close to the road and we could hear traffic.
Cool campground, but beware the highway noise is pretty terrible. We were in one of the sites on the highway and I bet some of the smaller sites on the opposite end of the campground would have been better as the river noise might drown it out.
Otherwise, this is a perfectly fine campground. It can get super hot in the summer so come prepared.
We saw all kinds of fun water activities including tubing, fishing and even swimming in the calmer area. There are also two fantastic State Parks nearby- Lory and Horsetooth Reservoir. These parks can get crowded on the weekends so if you are planning a day trip-go early.
This campsite was stunning and super private. There are only 8 campsites, so if you reserve several of them, there aren't a lot of other people to worry about. You can basically set your chairs IN the river. We went the 1st weekend in August, and the weather was perfect. The water is cold but super refreshing when it's hot. Lots and lots of shade, very beautiful. Very private too, the ranger only came around to check the tags on the campsite and make sure everyone had paid. Highly recommend!
Convenient and easy roadside/riverside camping that felt like it was more remote than it actually was. This campground is ideal for anyone paddling the Narrows section of the Poudre to use as a take out or a put in for the lower sections.
On this early spring trip when the water was high and most of the river was unrunnable, we were able to show up in the middle of the night without a reservation and easily find a campsite. I imagine 'in-season' when the water is lower, and warmer a campsite here might be hard to come by.
We stayed in campsite #1, which is a large RV site that is right next to the road. The site was huge, level and easy to get into with our Sprinter van. It seemed like it would be easy to get into in a large RV as well, even though it was right on the corner of the circle by the entrance to the campground. We heard ZERO road noise, although that could be because the river was so high that was all you could hear (you actually almost had to yell, to talk to each other around the fire pit!)