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Trail Conditions

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Natural Area trails are closed when wet and muddy to prevent resource damage. Construction or other projects also occasionally close trails. Rangers monitor trails daily and reopen as soon as conditions allow. You can check for trail closures at or on the Natural Areas trail status page

Biking Fort Collins

Bicycling is a great way to get to know Fort Collins. With relatively flat terrain, 280+ miles of wide bike lanes, and 30+ miles of bike trails that follow both the scenic Poudre River and Spring Creek, bicycling is a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to see all that Fort Collins has to offer.
Check out the bike map to help you with the orientation of Fort Collins.

Tree City, USA

Fort Collins, Colorado, is an annual Tree City, USA award recipient for the last 33 years. City staff prides itself in its commitment to maintaining our urban forest. The Forestry staff, within the Forestry Division, maintains more than 40,000 City property trees, and offers these services on City trees and property:

  • Tree pruning, removal and requests
  • Tree planting, questions and requests
  • Hazard tree identification and inspection
  • Insect and disease identification and control
  • Tree work permits on City property (pruning, removal and planting)
  • Trees blocking traffic signs and signals

Contact the Forestry department for more information: 970-221-6660

Planting Trees

In order to maintain a healthy and vibrant urban forest, it’s important to have a diversity of tree species and ages. We need to continually plant new trees to replace those lost to drought, old age, disease, insects, and injury. If we eliminate all tree planting, we risk losing our valuable urban forest and the many benefits it provides on a daily basis.
More information on Planting Trees your yard.

Natural Areas 20th Anniversary

Natural areas are part of what makes Fort Collins such a special place to live! It has been two decades since the first citizen-initiated sales tax that funds natural areas. Citizens in Fort Collins and Larimer County have voted to support natural areas sales tax ballot measures four more times since 1992!

Special celebration activities are planned now through November 2013.

Visit the Natural Areas webpage for more info on trails, activities, facilities, and more.

The citizens of Fort Collins have been enjoying the city park system for over 100 years. Fort Collins currently has 875 acres of developed park land including 6 community parks and 49 neighborhood/pocket parks. We also have over 32 miles of recreational trails that flow through our City.

The Park & Cemeteries Division of the Community Services Service Unit provides maintenance and stewardship of parks, cemeteries, trails, medians and other public grounds for the Fort Collins community; and works to keep them clean, safe and in usable condition for everyone to enjoy.

Parks and Golf Courses with “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” Designation:

Visit the Parks webpage for park locations, maps, facilities, plans and more.

Urban agriculture entails the production of food for personal consumption, education, donation, or sale and includes associated physical and organizational infrastructure, policies, and programs within urban, suburban, and rural built environments.

Visit the Urban Agriculture web page for more info.

The Gardens On Spring Creek

The Gardens on Spring Creek is Fort Collins' 18 acre community botanic garden. The Gardens provides beautiful display gardens, school and community garden outreach programs, a school field trip program and youth summer camps, in addition to year-round educational programs for all ages and interests in horticulture. The Gardens is host to several special events throughout the year to help connect people with each other and their community.

Learn more about events »

The Gardens currently includes a Plant Select® Demonstration Garden, a Childrens' Garden, the three-quarter acre Garden of Eatin', a Sustainable Backyard, a Rock Garden, and the Xeric Parkway Strip

Learn about all the gardens »

Natural Areas

Take part in a Natural Areas free class, event, program or activity! Use NatureTracker to check the calendar of events and register for activities. You'll need to create a free NatureTracker account with your name, phone number and email.

Parks and Recreation

The Recreation department offers programs for all ages and abilities, and includes many opportunities to connect with Fort Collins' great outdoors.
More info on all Recreation Programs.


A bicycle culture is key in defining the fabric of what makes Fort Collins a great place to live, work and play. Discover bike programs by visiting the Bicycling website.


The Forestry Department offers several programs: Memorial trees, Arbor Day, City Park tree tours, and more. Find out more at the Forestry website.

Paved Trail Plan

For the first time, the City of Fort Collins will develop a master plan for all its paved, multi-use trails.

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Contact Information

John Litel
Public Relations Coordinator Community Services amxpdGVsQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== 970-221-6875

Zoe Whyman
Community Relations Manager
Natural Areas Department

Jill Marx
Public Relations Coordinator
Planning, Development, and Transportation Services