Poudre River Trail Connection Projects#
Colorado Front Range Trail/Poudre River Regional Trail Initiative
Construction of the 45-mile continuous trail along the Poudre River 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.
Participating entities in the completion of trail connections 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 will work to fill three trail gaps of the Poudre River Trail between Fort Collins and Windsor in coming years.
Arapaho Bend Natural Area to Town of Timnath#
Scope of Work: Section of trail that connects Arapaho Bend Natural Area to the underpass at I-25, which was recently completed by Colorado Department of Transportation.
Timeline: Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2024. Trail work is being completed by a contractor, under supervision from City staff.
Project Details: During construction, trail users should expect some impacts, though full closures are not anticipated.
Arapaho Bend Natural Area to the Environmental Learning Center#
The final connection project in Fort Collins for the Poudre River Trail is a section that runs west of Arapaho Bend Natural Area and connects to the existing trail near CSU’s Environmental Learning Center.
City staff are currently exploring potential alignments to complete this final connection point. Timeline for construction is expected to occur no later spring 2025.
Please note: At this time, paved trail access ends on the northwest side Rigden Reservoir. Please be respectful of property boundaries and do not trespass into unpaved trail space.