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Northwest Trail Improvements#

Play the Northwest Trails Scavenger Hunt!#

City trail users can participate in a new, self-guided scavenger hunt to help mark the opening of new trails in northwest Fort Collins.

The scavenger hunt asks participants five questions, with the answers found along the trail. Those who complete the scavenger hunt by Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020) can submit answers by e-mail for a chance to win prizes. A map and directions for the scavenger hunt can be found below.

Users can also complete the scavenger hunt by using their mobile phone to download the “Adventure Lab” app. On your mobile phone, go to the app store and download “Adventure Lab”, then visit to access this new adventure. You’ll follow the on screen prompts to be guided to various locations along the trail and you’ll be able to answer a series of questions that will lead you through the trail system. Once completed, follow the instructions to be entered in a drawing for prizes from various city departments. Enjoy!

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Scavenger Hunt Map

Improved bicycle and pedestrian connectivity in northwest Fort Collins#

Project Map

This summer, the City completed several bicycle and pedestrian projects in northwest Fort Collins to improve safety and connectivity to schools, the Poudre Trail, the Boys & Girls Club and other nearby destinations. The following projects bring together resources from several City departments as well as the County. 

Overview of Projects:

  • A paved trail connecting between Lincoln Middle School/Lancer Drive and the Poudre Trail.
  • A soft-surface trail connecting between Taft Hill and Vine in the Puente Verde Natural Area (west of Lancer).
  • A protected bicycle and pedestrian lane on the south side of Vine connecting from the Puente Verde Natural Area trail to Hannah Drive.
  • A protected two-way bike lane on the eastern leg of Lancer connecting Vine to Lincoln Middle School and the new Poudre spur trail.
  • Upgraded pedestrian and bicycle crossings at Vine and Lancer, and on Taft Hill connecting the new Puente Verde Natural Area trail and an existing trail on the west side of Taft Hill Road.

NW Trails Project Flyer

Project Background#

The area surrounding W. Vine Drive and Lincoln Middle School has been recommended for improved bicycle and pedestrian connections in the following plans:

2014 Bicycle Master Plan

2013 Paved Trails Master Plan

In 2016 / 2017, the City completed the Project Outdoors: Plug in to Nature in Northwest Fort Collins planning process in partnership with the community and various key stakeholders. The goal of Project Outdoors was to understand the specific barriers youth and families experience to connecting to the outdoors, identify strategies to address the disconnect, and empower youth and the community to be part of a collective to solve it. Following the planning process, an Implementation Grant application was been submitted to make the vision come to life. Although the implementation grant was not funded, many of the projects identified and prioritized in the planning process are moving forward as part of the work being completed this year.  

Project Outdoors

Contact Us#

Cortney Geary | | 970.416.2471

Brad Buckman | | 970.416.4248