Before You Go: Check Trail & Parking Conditions
- Natural Areas Trail Conditions webpage fcgov.com/naturalareas/status
- COTREX https://trails.colorado.gov/
The busiest times at natural areas are weekends, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., so try visiting earlier or later, or on weekday mornings for the best chance at parking. Have an alternate destination in mind. When parking lots are full try another trailhead or come back another time. Avoid a parking ticket! Only park in designated spaces. All natural areas are free to enter, except Gateway Natural Area.
Zone Update Incorporates Your Feedback
The Natural Areas Department asked for your feedback about the 21 natural areas along the Poudre River and over 400 participants shared their thoughts. This input influenced the Poudre River Zone Update, the adaptable management plan for the natural areas along the Poudre River.
Winter Eagle Watches
Did you know? Bald eagles from the north make Fort Collins their home in the winter months and you can often see them at Fossil Creek Reservoir. Join Natural Areas volunteers every Friday and Saturday starting December 15 to watch and learn about these iconic birds. These programs are free and registration is not required.