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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

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Trail Status:

Heavy equipment is operating along the Powerline Trail and may be going up and down the trail at any time. Stay alert and use caution in this area.

Description

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.

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Trails

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.

Hours

Bobcat Ridge is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Directions

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

  • It is time to consider how Bobcat Ridge will be managed for the next ten years!

    Everyone is invited to learn more and share your thoughts at an Open House, Monday, September 26, 4-7 p.m. at the Harmony Library Community Room, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins. You are also welcome to read the recommendations and share your thoughts here by October 14.

  • Free educational activities and events are listed in the Tracks & Trails booklet guide.
  • 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 c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20=.

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