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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

Ice is never safe. The ice is not managed or monitored. Enter the ice at your own risk. Toxic algae may be present in the open (unfrozen) water of Merganser Pond (northern pond). Stay out of the water and keep your pets out. If you come into contact with the water, shower immediately.

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. Trails are closed. Hazardous conditions exist. For more info visit https://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/elc

Soapstone Prairie

Soapstone Prairie is closed from December through February and will reopen on March 1, 2023. Thank you for respecting the closure.

Two Creeks

Restoration Project Through July 2023: Visitors will see heavy equipment moving earth in the Mail Creek drainage as part of rehabilitation work. The goal is to improve the health of the watershed, and improve habitat and water quality. Trail closures are expected during construction, signage and detours will be posted. Learn more at https://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=8403 and https://www.fcgov.com/mail-creek

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.