Reminder: This time of year, we encounter the thaw/freeze effect of melting snow along the trail system including bridges and underpasses. Please use caution as you travel the trails and be aware of possible icy conditions especially in shady areas and/or in the early mornings or evening hours. As always, please obey any barricades and/or detours as they are in place for your safety.
Reminder: The Poudre River and Spring Creek can flood the trails during a heavy rain. Please be aware of low areas and underpasses on the trails during a rain event. The Parks staff watches for any flooding and will post warnings and detours in areas of concern as soon as is possible, but individuals need to be aware and prepared to use alternate routes in case of flooding. Please obey the detours as they are in place for your safety.
For information on Trail Status, Closures and Events
Ten Tips for Trail Safety
1. Travel with a companion. There is more risk after dark.
2. Rain, snow, ice, leaves and sand may make the trail slick and dangerous; if barracades are in place, please obey the detours.
3. Be prepared for encountering wildlife on trail (snakes, skunks, raccoons, etc.)
4. Keep your pets on a leash at all times. Please pick up after your pets.
5. Minimize horse travel on hard surface trail sections. Please pick up after horses on both hard and soft trails.
6. Use an audible signal when passing another trail user.
7. Stay to the right of the center stripe and always yield the right-of-way.
8. Cyclists should travel in single file and at a controlled speed. Please be cautious of oncoming pedestrians especially at underpasses, bridges, and sharp/blind corners.
9. Reduce speed before entering blind curves, switchbacks and especially tunnels.
10. Use a light that is visible from the front when traveling at night.
Courtesy Speed Limit - 15mph max
The recreational trails are open the same hours as our parks, which are from 5:00am until 11:00pm.
Always be aware of the possibility of high water along the river and use caution when traveling through the underpasses.
Fort Collins has several trails for walking, jogging, in-line skating, biking, or a leisurely stroll. The trails are maintained year round and snow is removed from the trails during the winter months. Trails serve as commuter routes for many students and residents as well. The beautiful scenery that can be enjoyed along the system often makes one forget that they are in urban Fort Collins. For information on trail closures and events, click on the yellow box.
Poudre Trail and Spring Creek Trail have quater mile markers, which have been calibrated through GPS for accuracy.
The Poudre Trail meanders along the Poudre River for 10.10 miles. It currently runs between the Overland Trail at Lyons Park and the Environmental Learning Center on East Drake. Expansion of this trail east toward I-25 is expected over the next several years.
The Spring Creek Trail follows Spring Creek through several parks in mid Fort Collins for 6.93 miles. It currently extends from West Drake Road to the confluence of Spring Creek and the Poudre River where it joins the Poudre Trail. The Spring Creek Trail extends through a new underpass of Taft Hill Road. This highly popular trail continues to Spring Canyon Community Park and the Pineridge Natural Area. Funding is from Conservation Trust(Lottery) revenue.
The Mason Trail serves as a convenient route in the central core of Fort Collins and is maintained by the Streets Department. Stretching from Prospect Road to south of Harmony Road adjacent to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad corridor, the trail offers a solution to improve safety and mobility for cyclists and pedestrians traveling north and south in the city and is 3.5 miles. This trail will also connect to the other trails located within the city, such as the Spring Creek Trail and the Fossil Creek Trail.
The Foothills Trail is a 6.8 mile earthen trail that travels along the foothills parallel to Horsetooth Reservoir from Dixon Reservoir at Pineridge Natural Area to Reservoir Ridge Natural Area and Michand Lane. This trail is on rugged terrain.
The Fossil Creek Trail currently runs through the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area along Fossil Creek. It extends west and north to meet the Spring Creek Trail at Spring Canyon Park. In the future it will also extend from Shields Street to meet up with the section of Fossil Creek Trail at College Avenue. New segments will open as right-of-ways are established and construction finishes. The Fossil Creek Trail is 5.17 paved miles.
The Power Trail follows the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad south from Edora Park to north of Harmony Road via Golden Meadows Park then south on McMurry Avenue and Keeland Drive to the west side of the railroad to Triby Road. Future phases will extend the 10-foot concrete trail and 5-foot gravel path south beyond Harmony Road eventually to Loveland’s trail system. Funding is from Conservation Trust (Lottery) revenue. The Power Trail is 3.89 paved miles.
Emergency Locator System (ELS)
The ELS uses a series of metal signs posted ever quarter mile. The signs on the Poudre & Spring Creek Trails have an alpha-numeric code which represents the distance you are from College Avenue. As an example PE3 indicates that you are on the "P"oudre Trail "3" quarter mile units "E"ast of College Ave. The signs are similar on the Power Trail and start at EPIC going south to Golden Meadows. If an incident occurs, find the nearest ELS sign and report that information to the proper authorities. Ir may quicken the response time if help is needed.
City Trail Distances - This is a list of trails and distances.
The Adopt-A-Trail program utilizes the resources of citizens to assist the City in maintenance of the trail system. Short sections of trail are adopted by individuals, companies, clubs and other entities to patrol their section for trash, debris and litter. A small sign is placed on the trail identifying you as the adoptor of that particular section. There may be a wait, as this popular program is taken advantage of by many groups.
Other trails that are planned include spur trails from the three major trails and cooperative trails along the Poudre River to Greeley and segments south to Loveland. You can enjoy the trails year round. So start today and relax on one of Fort Collins great multi-recreational wonders.