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Natural Areas Trail Conditions

Natural Area trails are unpaved, soft surface trails. When trails are wet and muddy, they are closed to prevent resource damage.

Closures are posted here 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 for paved trail conditions.

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Trails crew checked out Maxwell this morning. Still need to keep closed due to water covered trail. #FCTrails. nk http://t.co/OrY03rAizs
Posted on: Monday, June 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM
Pineridge Natural area open. Caution NE portion underwater. Timber trail closed due to mud. #FCTrails KP
Posted on: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM
Pineridge Natural Area closed on Saturday morning. The rain yesterday afternoon have made the trails a mess again. #FCTrails. Nk
Posted on: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:38 AM
Bobcat Ridge is now open (5/29/15). The northern half of the Valley Loop Trail has suffered water damage and is closed. #BCR, #FCTrails DI
Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 3:10 PM
Maxwell Natural Area is still closed due to wet and muddy conditions (5/29/15). Rangers monitor on a daily basis. #MAX #FCTrails DI
Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM
Pineridge is now open (5/29/15). Two sections of trail around Dixon Reservoir are flooded. Please use caution. #PRN, #FCTrails, DI
Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM
The Timber Trail in Pineridge Natural Area is still closed due to wet and muddy conditions (5/29/15). #PRN, #FCTrails, DI
Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Current Trail Statuses

  • Bobcat Ridge:
    Bobcat Ridge is open, however, access to the northern half of the Valley Loop Trail has been signed and barricaded off as closed. This is because the northern half of the Valley Loop Trail still has running water on it and has suffered water damage. . Please obey all closures. Enjoy your natural areas.
  • Fossil Creek Reservoir Nat. Area (formerly Regional Open Space):
    Sandpiper Trail is closed until mid July due to nesting eagles, all other trails are OPEN
  • Maxwell :
    CLOSED due to large section of water covered trail. (6/1/15). Rangers will continue to monitor Maxwell on a daily basis and open as soon as conditions allow.
  • McMurry :
    Access only from Hemlock Street or Poudre Trail. Shields Street access is closed due to construction until the end of August.
  • North Shields Ponds :
    Neighborhood access only as Shields Street is closed for construction until the end of August.
  • Pineridge :
    Pineridge now open. Timber Trail will stay closed.
  • Riverbend Ponds :
    The boardwalk near the Cherly Street entrance will be reconstructed, so that segment of trail will be closed from now to July 2015. Please use alternate trails and access points during the project.
  • All other trails are open! Enjoy your natural areas!

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