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  •   Dept Head: John Stokes
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
  •   1745 Hoffman Mill Road
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
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  •   970.416.2815
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Natural Areas Newsletter

Natural Areas Trail Conditions

    Last updated: Sep 19, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Natural Area Status & Details
Bobcat Ridge
Hours now vary seasonally:
Winter (November 1- February 28) 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Spring (March 1- April 30) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Summer (May 1- August 31) 5 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Fall (September 1- October 31) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
No entry permitted after sunset.
Flores del Sol
Not yet open to the public.
Fossil Creek Reservoir
Restrooms will be closed Thursday 9/21- Monday 9/25 so repairs can be made to the building entryway.
Hours now vary seasonally:
Winter (November 1- February 28) 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Spring (March 1- April 30) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Summer (May 1- August 31) 5 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Fall (September 1- October 31) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
No entry permitted after sunset.
Gateway
Please be advised of construction occurring near the parking lots of Gateway Natural Area and Picnic Rock from mid-July to mid-August. Fort Collins Utilities, with Hydro Construction and Stantec Consultants, will be performing inspections on a 24-inch water pipeline from the mouth of the Poudre Canyon to Gateway Natural Area, approximately 3.5 miles. Traffic and parking should not be impacted. Learn more at http://www.fcgov.com/utilities/what-we-do/construction-projects/poudre-canyon-waterline-assessment

Hours now vary seasonally:
Winter (November 1- February 28) 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Spring (March 1- April 30) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Summer (May 1- August 31) 5 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Fall (September 1- October 31) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
No entry permitted after sunset.

Soapstone Prairie
Several prescribed fires will occur at Soapstone Prairie in the fall and winter of 2017-2018 for habitat restoration. Prior to burning, information about burn-related trail or area closures will be posted here.

Hours now vary seasonally:
Winter (November 1- Nov. 30) 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Closed December, January, February.
Spring (March 1- April 30) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Summer (May 1- August 31) 5 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Fall (September 1- October 31) 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
No entry permitted after sunset.
Soaring Vista
Not yet open to the public.
Udall
Will be closed starting October 1 for bank restoration.
All other trails are open! Enjoy your natural areas!

Bobcat Webcam

How To Learn More

Rangers monitor conditions at closed trails daily, and reopen as soon as conditions allow. Trail closures are posted here and:

Paved trails such as the Spring Creek Trail, Mason Trail and Poudre River Trail are managed by City of Fort Collins Parks. Conditions are posted on NoCo Trail Report.