New Trail at Reservoir Ridge
You are invited to enjoy a new trailhead and trail at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. It's off Overland Trail Road, south of Michaud Lane, at 1425 North Overland Trail. The trailhead features parking, a picnic area, a kiosk and a vault toilet. From the new parking lot, visitors may hike, bike, walk leashed dogs or ride horses west for 1.4 miles on the Reservoir Ridge Trail which is flat and easy. You'll travel along hay fields, across a wetland slough via a boardwalk and over the Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal using a bridge. If you want to go further, the Reservoir Ridge Trail connects with the 6.8 mile Foothills Trail.
Also at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, a section of trail is being rerouted starting May 11. No trail closures or detours will be needed to do the work. Learn more >>>
Upcoming Free Activities
Nature Nuggets—Night Owls & Buggy Bats, Thursday, May 9, 10-11 a.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from parking lot. Children ages 3-7 and parents/guardians will enjoy discovering fun facts about wildlife, with hands-on activities. Parents must attend with children. Day care and other groups should schedule a separate time. Free, no registration required.
River Walk, Saturday, May 11, 10-11:30 a.m., meet at Lee Martinez Park, 600 N. Sherwood St, lower parking lot. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre River trail to observe birds, trees, and plants, and the interaction of the river with landforms along the way. Bring the family. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, no registration required.
Wildflowers and Geology of Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, May 11, 10:00-12:30 p.m., meet at the south parking lot. Enjoy a springtime walk and explore the spring flowers and geological history of this magnificent prairie system. Take in the amazing views of undeveloped landscape that showcases the high plains and foothills. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and lunch or snacks. Free, no registration required.
Life of a River, Sunday, May 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m., meet at Lee Martinez Park, 600 N. Sherwood St, lower parking lot. Get to know geomorphological and hydrological aspects of the Poudre River and discover how the river has its own life. Gain a newfound respect for the river! 1-2 miles, easy. Free, no registration required.
Stroller Stroll, Tuesday, May 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ross Natural Area, meet at the playground at Rolland Moore Park. Bring your toddler (3 years and under) and explore the natural areas from the ground up. Enjoy a short walk with strollers, and stops along the way to see, feel, and smell natural objects. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com beginning May 10.
Trail Maintenance Volunteer Projects, Saturday, May 11, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Reservoir Ridge, Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bobcat Ridge, and National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Bobcat Ridge. Registration required, learn more >>>
Clean the Poudre, Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.- noon, Lee Martinez Park, 600 N. Sherwood St., lower parking lot. Join Natural Areas and Mountain Whitewater Descents for the 14th annual clean-up! All you need is gloves, sunblock and the desire to make a difference. Everyone is welcome. Free, no registration required.
Lots more is happening in May and beyond! Check out the Tracks & Trails booklet, and last minute additions at fcgov.com/naturalareas