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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

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Trail Status

Bobcat Ridge will be closed on one weekday between September 23- Nov.1 for aerial herbicide application. The treatment prevents the germination of non-native cheatgrass and does not affect native plants.
The control of cheatgrass is a high priority because of the threat it poses to plant and wildlife communities and increases the risk of wildfire.

Description

Discover Bobcat Ridge Natural Area! Youll find a grassy valley, foothills, ponderosa pines, stunning red rock cliffs and more. Bobcat Ridge is home to elk, wild turkey, mountain lions and other wildlife. Several historic homestead sites dot the landscape.

Note: This is one of the few Fort Collins natural areas on which dogs are not allowed.

Trails

Trails include the Valley Loop (4 mile loop), Ginny Trail (5.4 miles, climbs 1,500 feet, open for hiking and mountain biking, closed to horses), D.R. Trail (3.4 miles long, climbs 1,100 feet, open to equestrians and hikers, closed to cyclists), Powerline Road (1.5 miles long, climbs steeply with loose rocks so not recommended for horses, uphill only for cyclists), Eden Valley Spur (an out and back route, 1.3 miles along the valley bottom), trail map. Trail conditions and closures are posted here.

Hours

Bobcat Ridge is open dawn to dusk, daily.

Directions

Bobcat Ridge's address is 10184 West County Road 32C, Loveland. From Fort Collins, take Harmony Road west, it turns into CR 38 E. Follow CR 38 E to Masonville. Go left (south) at the Masonville Mercantile onto CR 27. Follow CR 27 about 1 mile to CR 32 C, head west about 1 mile to the Bobcat Ridge parking lot.
From Loveland, go west on Highway 34 about 4.5 miles west of Wilson Avenue. Turn north on CR 27 by Big Thompson Elementary and drive 4.5 miles. Turn left on CR 32C and go 1 mile west to the Bobcat Ridge parking lot.

Note: The parking lot often fills to capacity on weekends and holidays. If the lot is full, please come back another time (no parking on the road). Horse trailer parking is limited to 8 spots. Check the camera below before you go!

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Parking Lot Webcam

Events and Activities

Related Information

  • Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Ranger Office 970-461-2700
  • Special people have volunteered to take an active role in the stewardship of natural areas by doing monthly litter pick-ups. You can join the fun and adopt a natural area, too!

Management Plans

History

Fire

Wildlife and Plants

Bobcat Ridge brochure