Natural Areas Enews
Bobcat Ridge Reopens September 18

Thanks to support from the Fort Collins community and the Pulliam Charitable Trust, the popular Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, will reopen on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at dawn. High visitation is expected so visitors are encouraged to check parking availability on the webcam at

On October 17, 2020, the Cameron Peak Fire burned 80% of Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. The wildfire burned grassland, shrub, and forest habitat, while damaging infrastructure such as bridges, trails, and small portions of historic buildings. Bobcat Ridge has been closed since the fire.

Since the Cameron Peak Fire, the Natural Areas Department and community volunteers have worked hard to restore and repair Bobcat Ridge. Burned trees adjacent to trails were removed, bridges and boardwalks were reconstructed, Valley Loop trails were reconstructed after being washed out by several flash floods, and all trails underwent routine maintenance. Several visitor amenities were improved including the addition of parking spots, a new vehicle exit road before the horse trailer parking area, and a new equestrian ramp near the historic cabin.

To aid with the recovery process, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area will be an on-trail-only natural area, with no dogs allowed. This will both keep visitors safe and allow vegetation a chance to recover. 

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Now Available! Make it Happen: Implementation Grants

Nature in the City helps fund projects that bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community. Applications for 2022 funds are now open and will be due October 20, 2021. Visit the apply page to get started and find general information about the grants. You can also check out past projects here, and learn more about our goals in the Nature in the City Strategic plan.

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Join the Shift Your Water Challenge!

Do you want a chance to win $50 off your next water bill? In 2020, 91% of all Fort Collins Utilities customers turned off their outdoor irrigation by October 1 saving over 100 million gallons of water. Let’s do it again this year! Join the Shift Your Water Challenge today and pledge to turn off your outdoor irrigation by October 1.

Eligible Fort Collins Utilities residential water customers who pledge and turn off their irrigation by October 1 will be entered to win $50 off their next water bill! You could be one of the 100 winners!

Join the Challenge!

Want more shade and wildlife in your yard?
The City of Fort Collins is providing $25 trees to 350 Fort Collins homeowners through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program. Fort Collins residents can reserve trees online at starting September 7. Residents may reserve up to one tree per household and are expected to plant and care for the tree. The trees will be available at a pickup event on September 18. This program is a collaborative effort brought to you by the City of Fort Collins’ Forestry Division and the Natural Area Department’s Nature in the City program.
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Primrose Studio Accepting Reservations
Looking for a place to host your next meeting, retreat, or small gathering? Try hosting it at Primrose Studio nestled at the base of Reservoir Ridge. Reservations, setup, and equipment are easy. The Primrose Caretaker will help to reserve the space, arrange the room, and provide on-site assistance on the day of your event. Get started today by submitting the reservation inquiry request.
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Free Upcoming Activities
From Basement to Desert | Thursday, September 9 | 9 AM |  Bobcat Ridge Natural Area | Registration Required; Ages 12+
Discover the oldest rocks in Larimer County, the Great Unconformity, and the red rocks shed from the ancestral Rockies. 4 miles; moderate.

What About Ravens | Thursday, September 16 | 8 AM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area | Registration Required; Ages 16+
Ravens are unique and intelligent birds. Learn more about what makes them so special and the role they play in the montane ecosystem. 3 miles; moderate, along the Eden Valley Spur Trail.

Black Footed Ferret Exploration | Wednesday, September 22 | 5:30 PM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area | Registration Required; Ages 16+
Explore North America’s rarest mammal. Journey together to Soapstone Prairie for a presentation about black-footed ferrets. Then hike and search for this elusive resident. 1-2 miles; moderate with uneven terrain

Archaeology at the Lindemeier Site | Thursday, September 23 | 6 APM | Senior Center  | Registration Required; Ages 16+
These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas and how their unique and valuable resources are stewarded. Parking is limited - please carpool, bike, or walk.

Yoga in Nature| Sunday, September 26 | 9 AM | Gateway Natural Area | Registration Required; Ages 16+
This vinyasa style class will link poses and breath together while connecting to our natural surroundings. Come as you are and enjoy a mindful flow that is appropriate for all levels. Props available upon request.
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Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Charlotte Norville, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Public Engagement Manager, 970-221-6311 or 

To learn more about Natural Areas, visit our website.

City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department
PO Box 580, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road
Fort Collins, CO 80522