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McMurry Natural Area


McMurry Natural Area is temporarily closed for an ecological restoration project. The trail is expected to re-open in April. For your safety, please respect the closure.

Anglers love McMurry’s two ponds and river frontage. More than 20 species of fish are found in the two ponds - more fish types than at any other natural area in Fort Collins. You may find orange spotted sunfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegills, black crappie or yellow perch. More fishing details are listed here.

McMurry is great for wildlife too- birds at McMurry include cedar waxwings, Bullock’s orioles and even osprey, a raptor once near the brink of extinction and still relatively rare in Colorado. Snapping and painted turtles often sun themselves on warm summer days. Rabbits, muskrats, and red fox make their homes here as well.

McMurry Natural Area was acquired with the help of a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.


1.5 miles natural surface with a trail connection to Magpie Meander Natural Area and Salyer Natural Area. There is a boat launch for non-motorized boats on the eastern pond. Trail map >>>


5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Parking lot at the west end of Hemlock Street or use trail connections from Magpie Meander and Salyer natural areas.

Activities & Events

  • Would you like monthly activity updates, trail recommendations and more? Sign up for the Natural Areas electronic newsletter in the upper right corner of this page.

  • Free educational programs at McMurry Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-416-2480 or email .

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