Red Feathers Lake is an unincorporated community 45 miles west of Fort Collins. Originally founded around 1900 by a group of ranchers and loggers, today the area is home to a guest ranch, a few restaurants, and a trading post all while visitors can enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting that surrounds this community.
Cache La Poudre North Park Scenic & Historic Byway – one of the best ways to explore the area is with a drive along this scenic byway. Taking travelers between the mountains to the plains, from the west side of the Continental Divide to the start of the northern plains near Fort Collins.
Shambhala Mountain Center – one of the area’s more unique attractions is the Shambhala Mountain Center. This Buddhist retreat center offers yoga and meditation classes, workshops, and educational programs for those seeking peace and solitude. And perhaps its biggest attractions (literally) is the Great Stupa. This Stupa (said to promote peace and harmony) is one of the biggest examples of sacred Buddhist architecture in North America.
Surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest, Red Feathers Lake is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With hiking, backpacking, fishing, rafting, boating, and kayaking the possibilities are endless. With the Cache La Poudre River (Colorado’s only federally designated National and Wild Scenic River) close by and the Red Feathers Lake, water activities seem endless.
Camping is also readily available in the area with several designated campgrounds including the Dowdy Lake Campground, the West Lake Campground, and several others.
Read about the camping near Red Feather Lakes and Cache La Poudre River.
Activities near Red Feather Lakes
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