Sleeping Elephant on the Poudre
Location: The put-in is 43 miles west of Ted's Place on Highway 14. We put in at the sign for Sleeping Elephant Mountain, so we don't actually go to Sleeping Mountain campground. We float to the Big Bend campground.
Sleeping Elephant sign at the put-in, mile mark 79
Sleeping Elephant mountain at the put-in
Rating: Class II/III. It depends a lot on the river flow.
Description: This is a beautiful float through nice scenery. The last time I floated this stretch, I was surprised by a river otter. It is a day float, and we stop for lunch along the river.
When you leave cars at the Big Bend Campground, you should park in the Mountain Sheep viewing area. If you enter the campground, you may be charged a fee.
Host: Mark Riffe has been hosting this trip each year for many years.