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Foothills Management Plan

Foothills Management Plan

The Foothills Natural Areas Management Plan update describes various approaches to maintain and improve the rich plant and wildlife communities in the foothills while also managing for enjoyable, sustainable recreation access to these beautiful landscapes. 

The final management plan is available now.

Learn more & read the final plan

Tracks & Trails is Now the Natural Areas Explorer

Tracks & Trails is Now the Natural Areas Explorer

The Natural Areas Explorer is your guide to free activities this summer in Fort Collins natural areas! Formerly called Tracks & Trails, the Explorer booklet lists events like Skygazing and Nature Play Dates for kids, plus a Science Behind the Scenery series, outdoor art classes, and lots more for you to discover. 

New this year, the Explorer features trail recommendations and stewardship tips. Registration is required and new this year, registration opens 30 days prior to the activity.

The Explorer booklet is available online now and printed copies are available at natural area trailheads, Natural Areas Department headquarters (1745 Hoffman Mill Road, M-F, 8-5), and local businesses.

Full calendar of upcoming activities

Odor Update: Southeast Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department has received many complaints recently of a very strong odor in southeast Fort Collins. On Monday, 7/8 we determined that the odor is in part, if not largely coming from Duck Lake, which is managed by NAD as a part of the Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. Duck Lake is on the south side of Carpenter Road, east of Timberline Road.

The City of Fort Collins and Larimer County are very sorry about the discomfort the odor from Duck Lake has caused many in the surrounding area.

Read the press release

Play it Safe on the Poudre River

Play it Safe on the Poudre River

Sure the water looks inviting- but is it really?

If you decide to get on the water, study this brochure and make a plan. Walk the route before you go tubing, or boating.

More about river safety