Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Discover Bobcat Ridge Natural Area! You’ll find a grassy valley, foothills, ponderosa pines, stunning red rock cliffs and more. Bobcat Ridge is home to elk, wild turkey, mountain lions and other wildlife. Several historic homestead sites dot the landscape.
Note: This is one of the few Fort Collins natural areas on which dogs are not allowed.
Trails include the Valley Loop (4 mile loop), Ginny Trail (5.4 miles, climbs 1,500 feet, open for hiking and mountain biking, closed to horses), D.R. Trail (3.4 miles long, climbs 1,100 feet, open to equestrians and hikers, closed to cyclists), Powerline Road (1.5 miles long, climbs steeply with loose rocks so not recommended for horses, uphill only for cyclists), Eden Valley Spur (an out and back route, 1.3 miles along the valley bottom). Trail conditions and closures are posted here.
Bobcat Ridge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Bobcat Ridge's address is 10184 West County Road 32C, Loveland. From Fort Collins, take Harmony Road west, it turns into CR 38 E. Follow CR 38 E to Masonville. Go left (south) at the Masonville Mercantile onto CR 27. Follow CR 27 about 1 mile to CR 32 C, head west about 1 mile to the Bobcat Ridge parking lot.
From Loveland, go west on Highway 34 about 4.5 miles west of Wilson Avenue. Turn north on CR 27 by Big Thompson Elementary and drive 4.5 miles. Turn left on CR 32C and go 1 mile west to the Bobcat Ridge parking lot.
Note: Horse trailer parking is limited to 8 spots, if the parking lot is full, please come back another time.
Events and Activities
- Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in the Tracks & Trails booklet guide, available in May.
- Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
- Customized free educational programs at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area are available for groups, call Sue Kenney at 970-224-6118 or email .
- Video overview of Bobcat Ridge posted on YouTube.
Bobcat Ridge Wildlife Camera Project
View photographs from motion-activated cameras located within the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
- Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Ranger Office 970-461-2700
- Bobcat Ridge site brochure includes a trail map.
- Working the Land: Creating a Life a booklet about Bobcat Ridge's history.
- This site is available for adoption! By picking up litter, adopters enhance habitat for wildlife and native plants while increasing fellow visitors' enjoyment.
- Bobcat Ridge Management Plan
- Pieces of the Past: The Story of Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is a historical record by Carol Tunner.
- Article about Communities, Cameras and Conservation by a Rocky Mountain High School student
- Part of Bobcat Ridge Natural Area was burned in the 2000 Bobcat Gulch Fire. Read the Bobcat Gulch Fire report.