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Maxwell Natural Area#

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Trail Status

A short section of trail will be closed for work 1/19-1/23. Please observe the posted detour. The work includes repairing a 200’ section of “fall-line” trail by excavating, installing geocell fabric, and backfilling to grade with amended tread material.


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.


Maxwell Natural Area Field
Maxwell Natural Area Path
Maxwell Natural Area Sign


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.

Plan Your Visit#

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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.

Activities and Events#

  • Free educational activities and events in June-October 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.
  • Free educational programs at Maxwell Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email

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