Riverbend Ponds offers a lot of diversity with a stretch of the Poudre River, several ponds and wetlands. There are seven former gravel mine ponds to choose from so it is a popular fishing site. The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks the ponds with warm-water species (usually largemouth bass, crappie and channel catfish). More fishing details are listed here.Birders also enjoy Riverbend Ponds- over 200 species of birds feed, rest, nest, and migrate through including green herons, a wide variety of ducks, American white pelicans, double-crested cormorants and others. Riverbend Ponds flat trails with loop options and varied habitat appeal to many hikers and dog-walkers.
The boundaries of Riverbend Ponds Natural Area slightly changed as directed in the 2011 update to the Cache La Poudre River Natural Areas Management Plan. The portions of Riverbend Ponds west of Timberline Road and southwest of the Poudre River have been incorporated into Kingfisher Point and Cattail Chorus natural areas, respectively. There is little noticeable change for visitors.
About three miles of natural surface trails and a boardwalk from the Cherly St. entrance. A paved trail underpass under Prospect Road connects to recreational opportunities on the south side of Prospect: Cottonwood Hollow and Running Deer natural areas and CSUs Environmental Learning Center. Trail Map >>>
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Parking lots on Cherly Street (off Summitview), Prospect St (between Sharp Point and Summitview), Cairnes St (off Timberline). Can also be accessed from the underpass under Prospect Rd/ Running Deer Natural Area. There is usually room for a horse trailer to park at the Prospect Street parking lot, but a spot is not designated.
Activities and Events
- Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in Tracks & Trails booklet guide.
- Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
- Free educational programs at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20= .
- Know before you go safety and recreation information.
- Trail Map
- Thank you to the Peacock Family who has taken an active role in the stewardship of Riverbend Ponds Natural Area as adopt-a-natural area volunteers through monthly litter pick-ups.
- Poudre River Management Plan
- Riverbend Ponds self-guided walk brochure (posts have been removed)