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Cache La Poudre River
Its headwaters are in the Front Range in Larimer County, in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. It descends eastward in the mountains through the Roosevelt National Forest in the Poudre Canyon. It emerges from the foothills north of the city of Fort Collins.
The name of the river means "hiding place of the powder" in French. It refers to an incident in the 1820s when French trappers, caught by a snowstorm, were forced to bury part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river.
The river is a popular summer destination for white-water rafting and kayaking in the Poudre Canyon.
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