ANSEL WATROUS, CO

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.The canyon's vegetation varies from dense forests to open meadows and ...
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Know Before You Go
  • No RV water connections are available due to health and safety reasons.
  • 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 dontmovefirewood.org.
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

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.

Booking Window
Tue Aug 26 2014 - Sun Feb 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
2014:
Upper Loop:
Walk-In: Jan 1, 2014 to May 21, 2014.
Peak: May 22, 2014 to August 31, 2014.
Walk-In: September 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Lower Loop:
Peak: May 22, 2014 to August 31, 2014.

2015:
Lower Loop:
Peak: May 22, 2015 to August 31, 2015.
Upper Loop:
Walk-In: Jan 1, 2015 to May 21, 2015.
Peak: May 22, 2015 to August 31, 2015.
Walk-In: September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.


Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 22 2014 Sun Aug 31 2014
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Mon Aug 31 2015
Services 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
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tent Pads
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 22 2014 -
Aug 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $19.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $19.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Aug 31 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $19.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $19.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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