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Map of bike paths / walking paths in the Fort Collins area

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Recreational trails for walking, running and cycling in Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado map area

Fort Collins, Colorado

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BIKE PATHS / WALKING PATHS

Arapaho Bend Natural Area Trail

Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space Path

Fossil Creek Trail

Front Range Trail

Mason Trail

Long View Trail

Poudre Trail

Power Trail

Spring Creek Trail

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Regional Trails

Loveland

Greeley

Fort Collins is located in Northern Colorado about 50 miles north of Denver. This city is situated along the Poudre River and is located on prairie land adjacent to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and has a historic downtown area.

The city has a large network of connecting recreational trails for getting some exercise on a bike or by running or walking.These trails are also used by many people for commuting to work or school. There are also trails within the many parks and natural areas as well as the neighborhood trails.

Poudre Trail

The Poudre Trail is a 10-mile long paved pathway that travels through the natural area alongside the Poudre River as it flows through the north and east side of Fort Collins. The northwest end of the trail is located in the community of Bellvue and the southeast end is located between Drake Road and Prospect Road at the CSU Environmental Center. Future plans for the trail will have a connection between the Poudre Trail in Larimer County and the Poudre River Trail in Weld County.

The Poudre Trail is located away form traffic, has underpasses for many of the major roadways, goes through miles of cottonwoods and past a number of local parks. The Spring Creek Trail connects to the Poudre Trail to the northeast of E. Prospect Road and S. Timberline Road.

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Spring Creek Trail

The Spring Creek Trail is a 7-mile long paved pathway that crosses through the heart of Fort Collins in an east-west direction. The trail follows the natural areas alongside the creek and passes numerous local parks. The trail is quite meandering and has many users on weekends. The Spring Creek Trail connects to the Fossil Creek Trail at Spring Canyon Park on the west side of Fort Collins. The Spring Creek Trail intersects the Mason Trail to the west of College Boulevard and allows for connection to the Power Trail near Edora Park. The east end of the Spring Creek Trail intersects the Poudre Trail at the Cattail Chorus Natural Area.

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Mason Trail

The Mason Trail is a 3.5-mile long paved pathway that runs through the heart of Fort Collins in a north-south direction. The trail starts at the CSU Campus and heads to the south going past much of the commercial area of the city. The south end of the Mason Trail connects to the Fossil Creek Trail that heads to the west as far as Fossil Creek Park on Lemay Avenue.

The Mason Trail does have numerous street crossings and goes through the most conjested part of Fort Collins, but does provide a corridor for those commuting by bicycle.

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Power Trail

The Power Trail is 4.4-mile long paved pathway that follows the corridor of the overhead powerlines to the west of S. Timberline Road on the east side of the city. The trail provides commuters a great way to cross town away from traffic. There are street crossings at a number of major roadway and there is a gap in the separate trail to either side of E. Harmony Road.

The north end of the Power Trail is located near Edora Park and allows a connection to the Spring Creek Trail. The south end of the Power Trail connects to the Fossil Creek Wetlands Trail that heads under Trilby Road to the east of S. Lemay Avenue.

Fossil Creek Trail

The Fossil Creek Trail consists of two separate segments of paved pathway on the west and south side of Fort Collins. The western segment connects to the Spring Creek Trail at Spring Canyon Park on the west side of Fort Collins and then heads south to travel through the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area. This section of the trail stops at S. Shields Street, 3/4 miles south of Front Range Community College.

The eastern section of the trail extends from where it meets the Mason Trail near S. College Avenue to Fossil Creek Park on S. Lemay Aveue.

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Long View Trail

The Long View Trail is a 4.2-mile long paved pathway that connects the Loveland Recreation Trail with the Fossil Creek Trail at the Cathy Fromme Prairie on the southwest side of Fort Collins. The trail was open in August of 2018 and forms an important connect between the recreation trails in Loveland and Fort Collins. This is the second recreational trail that connects the two cities, the other being the Front Range Trail that connects to the Loveland Recreation Trail near Boyd Lake State Park.

The Long View Trail roughly parallels S. Shields Street meanders through the Sunset Vista Natural Area, passes the Coyote Ridge Natural Area, goes through Long View Open Space, Colina Mariposa Natural Area and the Hazaleus Natural Area. The north end of the Long View Trail connects to the Fossil Creek Trail that travels trhough the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area. The Fossil Creek Trail then heads north to Spring Canyon Park allowing for a connection to the Spring Creek Trail.

Parking for the Long View Trail is available along W. 57th Street in Loveland, Trilby Road in Fort Collins and at the Cathy Fromme Prairie Open Space along S. Shields Street in Fort Collins.

Please note that the location of the Long View Trail on our map is approximate as the Google Map satellite view has not yet be updated to reflect the construction of the trail.

Front Range Trail

The Loveland Recreation Trail is one portion of the Colorado Front Range Trail system and a 2.2-mile long paved branch of the Front Range Trail has been constructed between Loveland and Fort Collins connecting the recreation trail systems for the two cities.

The Front Range Trail connects to the Loveland Recreation Trail along Larimer County Road 11 C near the north end of Boyd Lake State Park. The Front Range Trail then heads north along the county road and takes a bend at Larimer County Road 30. From there the trail heads bends again going north through residential areas. The trail eventually connects to the Fossil Creek Wetlands Trail along Larimer County Road 32. This allows a connection to the Power Trail and other recreation trails within Fort Collins.

This section of the Front Range Trail is one of two recreation trails connecting the two cities. The Long View Trail along S. Shields Street also connects the recreation trail systems.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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