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Natural Areas

Contact Information

  •   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

Natural Area trails are closed when wet and muddy to prevent resource damage.

Closures are posted here, at NoCo Trail Report, and at the trailheads. Rangers monitor conditions at closed trails daily, and reopen as soon as conditions allow.

To learn more, call a ranger, 970-416-2147.

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

Check Parks' Trail Status page and NoCo Trail Report for paved trail conditions.

Natural Area Rangers tweet trail conditions using #FCTrails follow us on Twitter!

Current Trail Status

  • Bobcat Ridge:
    Trails re-opened 4/23. *Cattle are at Bobcat Ridge as partners in conservation. Grazing mimics the natural disturbance cycle and keeps the natural area healthy. A herd of about 60 cattle from Sylvan Dale Ranch will be in pastures that do not bisect trails. Cattle may cross trails for grazing rotations, check here for updates. Questions? Contact Justin Fredrickson, Land Management Technician, 970-416-2147.
  • Flores del Sol:
    Not yet open to the public.
  • Goose Hollow:
    Not yet open to the public.
  • Maxwell :
    CLOSED due to wet and muddy conditions as of 4/25.
  • Pineridge :
    CLOSED due to wet and muddy conditions.
  • Reservoir Ridge :
    CLOSED due to wet and muddy conditions as of 4/25.
  • Soapstone Prairie :
    Several prescribed burns will be conducted at Soapstone Prairie this spring and summer to improve habitat for migrating birds and rare plants. Additionally, burning will help to diversify the grassland habitat promoting native grasses such as buffalo grass and blue grama, which are adapted to fire and respond well to conditions created following a fire. Learn more at Soapstone trails are currently open. Prescribed burns are weather dependent, please check this page for future notification of trail or area closures.
  • Soaring Vista:
    Not yet open to the public.
  • All other trails are open! Enjoy your natural areas!