Pineridge Natural Area
A popular foothills natural area where visitors can enjoy city views, foothills terrain, a reservoir and beautiful forest- all close to home. This popular hiking, fishing and biking area is one of the original City of Fort Collins natural areas (acquired in 1976). There is something for everyone at Pineridge!
There are seven miles of soft surface including a loop around Dixon Reservoir (1.8 miles). Pineridge is the southern end of the 6.8 mile Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail connects Pineridge, Maxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas. Trail markers show you the way. Biking on the Foothills Trail is for the experienced cyclist- the trail is challenging. Trail Map >>>
A social trail on the southeast corner of Pineridge (from the paved Fossil Creek Trail, west, over the ridge) was closed in July 2012 as it is not sustainable. The Pineridge section of the Foothills Natural Areas Management Plan lists "Combine fragmented social trails at northwest corner and eastern entrance of site to minimize user impacts on resources and wildlife population." This closure is part of accomplishing that goal. We apologize for any inconvenience.
5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The main parking lot is on County Rd 42C approximately ¼ mile south of Hughes Stadium (2 horse trailer parking spots available, the approximate address is 2750 County Road 42C, Fort Collins). There is also parking at the west end of Horsetooth Road (through Spring Canyon Community Park). Pineridge also can be accessed from the Maxwell Natural Area parking lot off County Rd 42C. Please do not park along CR 42C roadway.
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 Pineridge Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-416-2480 or email .