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Maxwell Natural Area

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Open with a few icy and muddy patches. Use caution and please go THROUGH the mud to prevent trail widening.

Alert from Rangers: Do not leave valuables in vehicles. An increase in break-ins has been happening at natural area parking lots. Thieves are stealing cash and credit cards in visible bags, often leaving empty wallets. Contact police if you see suspicious persons or activity (non-emergency 970-221-6540) or 911 if a crime is in progress.


A beautiful foothills natural area where visitors can enjoy scenic views of the mountains and of the city. Listen for the spotted towhees call, which sounds like drink-your-teeeee, and look for mule deer which are common but easily blend into the mountain mahogany shrubs. The rare Bells twinpod grows at Maxwell. Watch out for rattlesnakes here.



The 1.5 mile trail at Maxwell Natural Area is part of the 9.6 mile Foothills Trail which crosses city, county, state and federal lands. The Foothills Trail connects Pineridge, Maxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas. Trail markers show you the way. Biking on the Foothills Trail is for the experienced cyclist- the trail is challenging. Maxwell Trail Map >>>


5:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.


Maxwell Natural Area's parking lot is off County Rd 42C, its approximate address is 3502 CR 42C. Please do not park along CR 42C roadway. Walk-in/bike-in access is available from Larimer County's Rotary Park (fee required) and from Banyon Drive. There is one designated horse trailer parking spot.

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