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    Last updated: Mar 27, 2020 at 3:23 PM

Natural Area Status & Details
Arapaho Bend
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Bobcat Ridge
OPEN. Use caution as some sections of trails may still be wet/muddy. The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Cathy Fromme Prairie
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Coyote Ridge
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Flores del Sol
Not yet open to the public.
Fossil Creek Reservoir
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Gateway
Annual pass vouchers may only be purchased at Gateway Natural Area using the self-serve pay station. Upon receipt of a voucher, contact Natural Areas via phone or email to have your permanent hang tag mailed to you. Annual passes are not being sold in person at Gateway or the Natural Areas Dept. office. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== to learn more.
Gateway
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Homestead
The Poudre Trail is closed from Lincoln Avenue to Mulberry Street thru March 2020 due to Poudre River streambank stabilization and trail realignment work performed by the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department. A posted trail detour is in place along Lincoln Avenue and Lemay Avenue.
Maxwell
Maxwell Natural Area open.The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
North Shields Ponds
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Pineridge
Pineridge Natural Area is open. Timber Trail remains closed for wet and muddy conditions.The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Red Fox Meadows
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Reservoir Ridge
Open. The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Riverbend Ponds
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Running Deer
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Shields St. River Access
The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone is OPEN, dawn to dusk. Trail advisory in effect with patches of snow and ice on northern trails and muddy sections on lower trails. The restrooms at City of Fort Collins Natural Areas are CLOSED due to COVID 19 until further notice.
Topminnow
Not yet open to the public.
Udall
Streambank stabilization work is being done now through mid-March at Udall Natural Area. Watch for vehicles and construction equipment. The Poudre Trail is closed from Lincoln Avenue to Mulberry Street thru March 2020 due to Poudre River streambank stabilization and trail realignment work performed by the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department. A posted trail detour is in place along Lincoln Avenue and Lemay Avenue.
All other trails are open! Enjoy your natural areas!

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

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 NoCo Trail Report.