Natural Areas & Trails
A natural area is a living, complexly interrelated community of plants and animals, generally created through natural forces rather than human design. It’s different from a park because instead of having playgrounds, athletic fields and irrigated turf, the focus in a natural area is native vegetation and low-impact trails. The City of Greeley currently has 24 natural areas encompassing over 900 acres of land and nearly 27 miles of paved and soft path trails designated for public recreation. Not all natural areas are open to public access. In Greeley, our natural areas are “always in season.”
The benefits of natural areas are vast, providing diverse recreational opportunities such as walking, biking and fishing, as well as an opportunity to enjoy wildlife. Many of these areas provide buffers between developed areas and floodplains, offering protection to residential areas.
Why does the city only mow the grass in a natural area that abuts a property or trail? Learn more about the city’s No Mow Policy and why it’s important.
Russian olive is considered a noxious weed. Learn more about this thorny invader and how the city is working to eliminate it as well as other designated noxious weeds. If you spot a plant you think is designated noxious weed contact us with the location.
Volunteers are needed from time to time for special projects in natural areas and trail corridors. Please call us at 970-339-2405 if you are interested in being contacted about volunteer opportunities.
Because a natural area exists, in part, to provide refuge for wildlife, keep dogs on leash and stay on designated trails. Pet waste stations and bags have been provided along trails for your convenience.
Natural areas are home to a wide variety of wildlife, providing food, water, shelter and places to raise their young. When visiting a natural area, be observant and respect their home.