Just 10 miles out of Fort Collins, up the Poudre Canyon is a great little natural area that's been a spot for dates and family outings for years.

So, you want to get out and check out the Poudre River, but you don't want to go too far. Great news, you can enjoy the Poudre, for all sorts of activities, within 15 minutes of The Choice City.

We were talking in the offices of the radio station the other day about local spots to check out and I brought up "Picnic Rock." I was kind of surprised by how many staffers had not even heard of it, let alone been there to enjoy a day there.

I can't say I've been there a lot, but I have been up the Picnic Rock Natural Area a few times. It's an easy drive to take a date for, you know, a picnic. There are many other options for you to have fun there, though.

Get our free mobile app
Picnic-Rock-Map
Google Maps
loading...

According to PoudreHeritage.com, within the Upper and Lower Picnic Rock river area is the only part of the Cache la Poudre River where you'll find beginner level (Class I-III) whitewater. That would be a great way to get used to your new kayak, or just do some easy "floating" in your tubes.

Picnic-Rock
Facebook/Santos Ponchos
loading...

MORE: The Closes Places to Fort Collins to Go Whitewater Rafting

Fisherman go to the Picnic Rock area, as well as those up for a hike, or a climb. Always keep in mind, however, the level and strength of the river, and pay attention to alerts that say 'No River Access.'

A common review of Picnic Rock:

My favorite hang spot.
Place to grill.
Picnic tables. Dog friendly.
Clean restrooms.
Nice sized parking lot.
Plenty of spots to scope out the perfect chill space for you & your crew.

Get up there and enjoy what the Fort Collins area has to offer.

The Top 11 Easiest and Prettiest Hikes Around Fort Collins

There are many great trails in the Fort Collins area that range from easy to hard in difficulty. Let's take an alphabetical look at the top 11 easiest and prettiest hikes to take in and near Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Ten Best Brunch Spots in Fort Collins, according to Reddit Users

Not lunch, not breakfast... it's the best of both worlds! And delicious!

5 Hikes that are Perfect for Colorado History Buffs

These five hikes are perfect for anyone interested in Colorado history. Although they are all different, the trails all lead to a piece of the Centennial State's past.