Current Projects

Poudre River Trail Repairs

Due to floods in recent years, the riverbank along the Poudre River has incurred significant erosion in several sections that has or will affect the Poudre River Trail. A study of the trail corridor to consider options for repairing, replacing or re-routing the trail was completed in mid-2019. From the study findings, several priority projects have been identified and will be undertaken as funding is available.

These projects include:

  • West of 95th Avenue - PROJECT COMPLETED, TRAIL OPEN!  Damage from past floods eroded this section of trail and a temporary re-route has been implemented for the past few years. Possible alternative trail alignments are being studied to develop the most sustainable long-term solution. In the meantime, repairs were completed in late April/early May to protect the current trail alignment.
  • West of 35th Avenue - PROJECT COMPLETED, TRAIL OPEN!  Damage to the trail just north of the Rover Run dog park was repaired during the winter of 2019/2020. Work throughout the winter repaired the the riverbank and trail to stabilize the bank for future flood events and improve habitat in the river. The project was completed in late March 2020 and the trail is open.
  • East of 71st Avenue - Just downstream of the 71st Ave bridge, the riverbank is eroding along the trail and the area is prone to flooding. No work is anticipated in 2020 as options to address this section are being evaluated.
  • "Narrows" Section - East of 83rd Ave. and adjacent to the Signature Bluffs Natural Area, the Narrows section of the trail travels through blonde sandstone bluffs on one side and the river on the other. While this section is one of the most beautiful sections of the trail, it is also one of the most threatened. Several options are being investigated to address issues in this section including potentially re-routing this section. No work is planned on this section in 2020.
  • Sheep Draw Natural Area - In 2108 a section of the trail in Sheep Draw Natural Area, west of 59th Avenue, was rerouted to move the trail further away from the river to avoid future trail impacts due to flooding and erosion. Future work will likely combine river restoration with a more sustainable alignment and connection to the newly constructed soft surface trail. No work is planned on this section in 2020.

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 Sheep Draw Natural Area Nature Trail

Thanks to a grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s State Trails program, the Natural Areas & Trails Division is working on a new soft-surface nature trail in Sheep Draw Natural Area. The nature trail will be open for public use by summer 2020. This one-mile soft surface trail winds around the site providing an opportunity to see and enjoy this natural area. The trail route features a boardwalk across a wetland slough, unique sandstone benches from a local quarry, and interpretive signs that provide an opportunity to learn more about this ecosystem and the plants and animals that call it home. The nature trail is accessible from the Poudre River Trail and is open to walkers, runners and cyclists. A new 3-foot wide soft-surface trail shoulder will be installed in the spring along the Poudre River Trail between the two nature trail access points to provide a full-loop of soft-surface trail for runners.

Please stay on the trail at all times and practice good trail etiquette.

McCloskey Natural Area Trailhead

Another grant from the State Trails program has provided funding to enlarge and improve the trailhead. The new parking area was completed last fall and increases parking from nine vehicles to nearly 30.  Additional work will be done this spring/summer to install a portalet, picnic tables, benches, interpretive sign and landscaping.

Signature Bluffs Ecosystem Restoration Project

Curious about what’s happening with the recently installed project at Signature Bluffs Natural Area? Check it out:

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