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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:
    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.
  • Coyote Ridge :
    Currently CLOSED due to wildfire and will stay closed Sunday and Monday due to continued firefighting and cleanup activities. If possible to open Monday afternoon some time we will do so.
  • Flores del Sol:
    Not yet open to the public.
  • Fossil Creek Reservoir:
    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.
  • 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
  • Goose Hollow:
    Not yet open to the public.
  • Riverbend Ponds :
    CLOSURES: Cherly ST parking lot and trail closure for handicap accessible fishing pad to be installed. Trail from the restroom off of Prospect heading north and the trail from the Cherly lot headed west will be closed from Friday July 21 to July 28th. Please stay off of these trails until it is safe to reopen. Thanks.
  • 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 http://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=6715. Prescribed burns are weather dependent, please check this page for future notification of trail or area closures.
  • Soapstone Prairie :
    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.
  • Soaring Vista:
    Not yet open to the public.
  • All other trails are open! Enjoy your natural areas!