Poudre Trail at I-25#
The Poudre Trail at I-25 connection will add 1 ¾ miles to the existing 12 miles of trail within Fort Collins. Work being completed by the City of Fort Collins includes three segments of the trail:
- East of the proposed I-25 underpass through the Arapaho Bend Natural Area connecting to the Town of Timnath's trail system.
- West of the proposed I-25 underpass to the existing trail at Arapaho Bend Natural Area. This will include construction of a new trailhead parking lot on Strauss Cabin Road.
- West of Rigden Reservoir, continuing north of the railroad tracks, connecting to the existing trail at CSU’s Environmental Learning Center.
Colorado Front Range Trail/Poudre River Regional Trail Initiative
The Poudre Trail at I-25 project is part of a collaborative effort to complete the entire Poudre Trail from Bellvue to Greeley. Participating entities include Larimer County, City of Fort Collins, the Towns of Windsor and Timnath, and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Thanks to a $2 million Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) 2019 Connect Initiative grant, the Colorado Front Range/Poudre River Trail Initiative project will fill three trail gaps of the Poudre River Trail between Fort Collins and Windsor.
Construction of the 45-mile continuous trail is more than 40 years in the making. Upon completion, residents of Larimer and Weld counties who have enjoyed the Poudre Trail since its initial construction will safely and conveniently have access to the entire regional trail system from Bellvue to Greeley.
- Preliminary Design Complete
- Final Design Complete
- Trail Construction Begins
- Trail Opening
In the News#
It’s taken almost 40 years, but the Poudre River Trail Corridor is nearing completion.
As part of the larger concept to connect northwest Fort Collins to Greeley, the nationally recognized bicycle and pedestrian corridor will encompass 44 contiguous miles by the end of 2023, according to the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Regional Active Transportation Plan covering Northern Colorado.