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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.
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 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.
Bobcat Ridge is open dawn to dusk, daily.
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
- Free educational activities and events are listed in the Natural Areas Explorer booklet guide.
- Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up on this page.
- Customized free educational programs at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area are available for groups, call AJ Chlebnik at 970-224-6118 or email YWNobGVibmlrQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.
- Know before you go safety and recreation information.
- Bobcat Ridge site brochure includes a trail map.
- Video overview of Bobcat Ridge posted on YouTube.
- 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!
- Working the Land: Creating a Life a booklet about Bobcat Ridge's history.
- Pieces of the Past: The Story of Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is a historical record by Carol Tunner.
- Part of Bobcat Ridge Natural Area was burned in the 2000 Bobcat Gulch Fire. Read the Bobcat Gulch Fire report.
- Bird Checklist- Courtesy of Fort Collins Audubon Society
- Bobcat Ridge wildlife photos- wildlife "selfies" from the motion-activated cameras.
- Article about Communities, Cameras and Conservation by a Rocky Mountain High School student
- Plant List for Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. Volunteers were critical in making the list possible, thank you!