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Natural Areas

Natural Areas Trail Conditions and Finder

This page will be updated as conditions change.

To keep up with the latest trail closures visit COTREX: https://trails.colorado.gov/

Trail Conditions #

Natural Area Status & Details
Prospect Ponds

DANGER - Toxic algae is present in Merganser Pond. Merganser Pond is closed to full body contact. Stay out of the pond and keep your pets out of the pond. If you come into contact with the water, shower immediately. Fishing and boating are still permitted.

Running Deer

Construction is underway in the area of the CSU Environmental Learning Center (ELC) and Running Deer Natural Area to protect a City water right and improve habitat. Please avoid the construction zone. For more info visit https://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/elc

All other trails are open! Enjoy your natural areas!

Parking Lot Cameras #

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Webcam

Coyote Ridge Natural Area Webcam

Gateway Natural Area Parking Lot Webcam

Gateway Natural Area Entrance Webcam

Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, Michaud Lane Parking Lot Webcam


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How To Learn More #

Rangers monitor conditions at closed trails daily, and reopen as soon as conditions allow. Trail closures are posted here and:

  • COTREX
  • You can call the on-duty Ranger, 970-416-2147

Paved trails such as the Spring Creek Trail, Mason Trail and Poudre River Trail are managed by City of Fort Collins Parks. Conditions are posted on COTREX.