Fort Collins, CO Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Allison Draw Greenway

3.8 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Bear Creek Path

1.9 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Big Dry Creek Trail (Arvada)

3.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Grass

Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

12 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Boulder Creek Path

7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

Broomfield Trail

11.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Coal Creek Regional Trail

14.2 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Converse Avenue Greenway

1.9 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Corridor Trail

0.8 mi
State: CO
Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Crow Creek Greenway

2.6 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Dry Creek Greenway

7 mi
State: WY
Concrete

East Cheyenne Greenway

3.8 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Elmer's Two Mile Creek Greenway

0.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Farmers' High Line Canal Trail

13.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Firestone Trail

8.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Dirt

Fossil Creek Trail

8.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Fowler Trail

0.9 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Goose Creek Greenway

2.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Great Western Trail (CO)

4.4 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Highway 287 Bypass Trail

2 mi
State: CO
Concrete
Accordion

Independence Trail

1 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lake Estes Trail

3.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lake Link Trail

8.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Dirt

Lee Lateral Ditch Trail

4.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Left Hand Greenway

2.9 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lions Park Greenway

0.9 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Long View Trail

4.4 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail

10.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Loveland Recreation Trail

18.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lykins Gulch Trail

1.2 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Mason Trail

4.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Niver Creek Trail

2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Oligarchy Ditch Greenway

4.47 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Platte River Trail (CO)

28.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete

Pointe Greenway

1.5 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Poudre River Trail

21.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

12.3 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Power Trail

3.9 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Quail Creek Trail

2 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Saint Vrain Avenue Trail

1.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Sheep Draw Trail

4.03 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Sheridan Green Trail

1.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Signal Ditch Trail

3.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete

South Cheyenne Greenway

2.8 mi
State: WY
Concrete

South Link Greenway

2.2 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Spring Creek Trail (CO)

7.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Spring Gulch #1 Greenway

1.1 mi
State: CO
Concrete

St. Vrain Greenway

8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Storey Boulevard Greenway

2.2 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Switzerland Trail

14 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

UCAR Multi-Use Path

0.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete

US 36 Bikeway

16 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Union Pacific Trail (CO)

0.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Wonderland Creek Greenway

1.4 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Yellowstone Road Greenway

1 mi
State: WY
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Allison Draw Greenway extends nearly 4 miles along the Allison Draw flood control channel at Cheyenne's southern border. The trail is especially useful for students as it winds through residential...
WY 3.8 mi Concrete
The Bear Creek Path begins just south of the University of Colorado Research Park and winds its way southwest to the Martin Acres community. The trail is paved and generally flat, although there is a...
CO 1.9 mi Concrete
Big Dry Creek Trail in Arvada (not be confused with similarly named trails in Westminster and Littleton) is a multi-use pathway tucked into the northwest corner of the Denver suburb. The trail...
CO 3.3 mi Concrete, Grass
Big Dry Creek Trail follows an east-west course for 12 miles between Interstate 25 and Standley Lake in Westminster, one of Denver's northern suburbs. The trail is generally flat, with short stretches...
CO 12 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Closely following its scenic namesake waterway for most of its journey, the popular Boulder Creek Path runs east from Boulder Canyon to the outskirts of the Valmont Reservoir. Its western end is dirt...
CO 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt
The Broomfield Trail is a developing pathway that forms a winding diagonal route across Broomfield County from the Great Western Reservoir Open Space to Baseline Road. While the trail is currently...
CO 11.5 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Coal Creek Regional Trail offers spectacular views of the front range. You can even identify surrounding peaks with the "peak finder" signage provided at the...
CO 14.2 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Converse Avenue Greenway can be found alongside its namesake roadway in two discrete segments. Together, these segments provide nearly 2 miles of trail in eastern Cheyenne. Both offer wide open...
WY 1.9 mi Concrete
Note: Like most of Lyons' parks system, the Corridor Trail has been closed since a devastating flood in September 2013. Work is currently underway to reopen the closed parks and trails. See the city's...
CO 0.8 mi Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Crow Creek Greenway takes travelers along a tree-lined creek through busy urban areas of Wyoming's capital. The trail begins in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which offers athletic facilities, a...
WY 2.6 mi Concrete
The Dry Creek Greenway stretches 7 miles across northern Cheyenne, connecting the city's east- and west-side residences and businesses. It also runs through several community parks and joins the...
WY 7 mi Concrete
The East Cheyenne Greenway provides a pleasant route through residential areas of eastern Cheyenne. The eastern half follows N. College Drive for much of its length and ends with an expansive view of...
WY 3.8 mi Concrete
Elmer's Two Mile Creek Greenway begins just north of Elmer's Two Mile Park on the north end of Boulder. It's paved and generally flat, traveling through open spaces, parks, neighborhoods and...
CO 0.8 mi Concrete
The Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail provides an easy, pleasant way to traverse the northern suburbs of Denver. The paved pathway stretches more than a dozen miles, connecting Westminster, Northglenn,...
CO 13.7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Firestone Trail mostly parallels Colorado Boulevard between Dacono in the south and north of Firestone, at the northern end of the trail. The trail is paved and provides access to parks,...
CO 8.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Fossil Creek Trail offers over 8 miles of paved pathway (in two disconnected segments) on the south side of Fort Collins, a college town at the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The...
CO 8.7 mi Concrete
The Fowler Trail is an easy hike in scenic Eldorado Canyon State Park that provides a great place to sight wildlife, watch rock climbers, or take in stunning views of the surrounding canyon....
CO 0.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Goose Creek Greenway offers a major east-west route through Boulder. Note that there is little shade along the way and the pathway runs through busy commercial areas, including the Villa Shopping...
CO 2.7 mi Concrete
Two unpaved segments of the Great Western Trail are currently open in rural Weld County at the northwestern corner of Colorado's Eastern Plains. Both portions were built on a railbanked Great Western...
CO 4.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Adjacent to Highway 287 in Lafayette, the this multipurpose path provides a space for both recreation and commuting. The wide concrete trail stretches between Baseline Road and Cherrywood Drive....
CO 2 mi Concrete
Accordion
The Independence Trail sits right at the northern edge of the Denver suburb of Arvada. The trail pushes right up against the southern border of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. It travels...
CO 1 mi Concrete
The Lake Estes Trail is a paved pathway that loops around its namesake lake, offering scenic views of the water and surrounding Rocky Mountains. In the fall, watch for elk that roam in the area. On...
CO 3.8 mi Concrete
As its name implies, the Lake Link Trail connects many of the region's lakes, offering picturesque views of the water and surrounding mountains. The trail begins in Hunter Douglas Business Park and...
CO 8.6 mi Concrete, Dirt
The Lee Lateral Ditch Trail is a hike-and-bike running east-west in the Denver suburb of Thornton. The trail connects residents to a number of recreational destinations along its route, from the...
CO 4.3 mi Concrete
The Left Hand Greenway is a diagonal path along its namesake creek in southern Longmont. It begins at a juncture with the St. Vrain Greenway, a scenic 8-mile route across the city. From there, you'll...
CO 2.9 mi Concrete
For much of its short length, the Lions Park Greenway travels along Sloan Lake, offering pleasant views of the water. In warm weather, trail-goers can enjoy boating and fishing on the lake, or...
WY 0.9 mi Concrete
The Long View Trail is a north-south trail connecting Loveland to Fort Collins. The trail is a ribbon of pavement winding across Larimer County’s scenic outdoors. In fact, as it parallels 57th Street,...
CO 4.4 mi Asphalt
The Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail (nicknamed the LOBO) extends more than 10 miles between these two major cities and taps into the region's vast network of trails. Most of the pathway has a...
CO 10.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Loveland Recreation Trail encircles the "Gateway to the Rockies," offering views of the mountains and access to many of Loveland's natural treasures. While the trail is mostly complete, there are...
CO 18.6 mi Concrete
The Lykins Gulch Trail connects users to the west end of the popular St. Vrain Greenway. The concrete trail, which runs from Airport Road along the gulch, was constructed as part of the a stream...
CO 1.2 mi Concrete
The Mason Trail runs north–south through Fort Collins, paralleling McClellan Drive north of Horsetooth Road (CR 40) and the railroad tracks south of Horsetooth/CR 40. The trail is a nice alternative...
CO 4.5 mi Concrete
The Niver Creek Trail winds through Thornton, a northern suburb of Denver, connecting parks, riparian areas and open space inhabited by prairie dogs, coyotes, numerous bird species, and other...
CO 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
In the 1800s, a series of ditches was constructed to manage water and irrigate farmland in the Saint Vrain Valley. The historic Oligarchy Ditch dates back to this period, although today this channel...
CO 4.47 mi Concrete
The Platte River Trail is just one of many of Denver's superb multi-use trails, this one stretching from just north and west of Englewood and heading north toward Henderson. The 28.5-mile trail...
CO 28.5 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete
The Pointe Greenway winds down from Four Mile Greenway to Gardenia Drive with a spur up to Pointe Park. The trail is a mile-and-a-half and travels through residential neighborhoods and open areas....
WY 1.5 mi Concrete
The Poudre River Trail tracks a 21-mile, scenic course along Cache la Poudre River between Windsor and Greeley. The paved trail is popular with hikers, runners, cyclists and inline skaters. The path...
CO 21.8 mi Concrete
The Poudre Trail in Fort Collins follows the meandering course of the Poudre River from the Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery to Colorado State University's Environmental Learning Center on East Drake....
CO 12.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Power Trail provides a convenient north-south route through Fort Collins in two disconnected segments along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad. The pathway is paved and flat, traveling...
CO 3.9 mi Concrete
Quail Creek Trail is a wide, concrete bike-ped trail connecting residents of Broomfield to the regional Big Dry Creek Trail in neighboring Westminster. The trail begins in Quail Park in Broomfield,...
CO 2 mi Concrete
The Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail opened its first 7-mile section in 2016, but is one day planned to stretch 25 miles across the northern Denver Metro area, including the suburbs of Westminster,...
CO 7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Not to be confused with the longer Saint Vrain Greenway of nearby Longmont, the Saint Vrain Avenue Trail is a hard surface, multiuse trail in the Rocky Mountain resort town of Estes Park. While Estes...
CO 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Sheep Draw Trail is a 10-foot-wide paved regional trail along the scenic Sheep Draw Creek corridor connecting neighborhoods to shopping, recreation centers and schools. The trail travels through...
CO 4.03 mi Concrete
The Sheridan Green Trail travels 1.5 miles between the city limits of Broomfield and the Westminster Promenade shopping center. The trail runs south along Westminster Boulevard and then travels around...
CO 1.5 mi Concrete
Signal Ditch Trail picks up at the north end of the Farmers' High Line Canal Trail and continues northwest. The hike-and-bike trail meanders along Signal Ditch, an irrigation channel which speaks to...
CO 3.3 mi Concrete
The Greenway actually encompasses 3 distinct segments: the first 0.6 miles is in the southeast, just north of Laramie County Community College. The other two in the southwest side of Wyoming’s...
WY 2.8 mi Concrete
True to its name the South Link Greenway connects three of Cheyenne’s prominent shared use pathways. It runs north-south, from the East Cheyenne Greenway, (which stretches west for almost 4 miles...
WY 2.2 mi Concrete
The Spring Creek Trail travels more than 7 miles across Fort Collins, providing an important off-road route between the east and west halves of the city. The trail is paved and relatively flat, though...
CO 7.8 mi Concrete
The Spring Gulch #1 Greenway is a multiuse pathway in Longmont, Colorado. The trail stretches the length of the 16-acre Kensington Neighborhood Park, extending from 3rd Avenue north to a point not far...
CO 1.1 mi Concrete
Detour: Beginning March 2021, trail users will be directed to use a 1.1 mile on street detour from from South Sunset Street on the western end to Price Road. The detour is in place as part of a flood...
CO 8 mi Concrete
This is a component of Cheyenne’s citywide greenway system. The concrete sidepath parallels Storey Boulevard between Powderhouse Road and N. College Drive in north Cheyenne. The trail runs on the...
WY 2.2 mi Concrete
The Switzerland Trail in the peaks west of Boulder was named for the spectacular mountain scenery along this remote and former railroad route. Although why it had to be named after another country...
CO 14 mi Dirt, Gravel
The UCAR Multi-Use Path runs just a short distance from the campus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research on Center Green Drive, linking buildings CG 1 and CG 3, to the other side of...
CO 0.3 mi Concrete
When complete, the US 36 Bikeway will offer a convenient and safe non-motorized route for traveling between Denver and Boulder. Eleven miles of the paved trail—which locals refer to as a “commuter...
CO 16 mi Concrete
The Union Pacific Trail runs for just a short distance between E. 100th Avenue and Thornton Parkway in the Denver suburb of Thornton. The trail runs through a shadeless corridor alongside a railroad...
CO 0.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Wonderland Creek Greenway stretches just over a mile along its namesake waterway on the north end of Boulder. The trail begins at Norwood Avenue near Centennial Middle School and meanders...
CO 1.4 mi Concrete
The Yellowstone Road Greenway offers a 1-mile connector between two other trails, the Dry Creek Greenway and the Lions Park Greenway. The trail begins between McCormick Junior High School and...
WY 1 mi Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail

Do this as the leaves change… HEAVEN !!

November, 2021 by patricia.kayser

This is simply a great trail with lots of scenic variety. Fun to do all at once or in segments.

Loveland Recreation Trail

The Gap is Done

October, 2021 by dvjames48

The trail work on the Northern gap is completed! It was done sometime before October 4th, 2021. Instead of riding on a scary West 57th Street there is a safe concrete multi-use path. My wife and I love this 18 mile loop trail in Loveland even if we do live on Boulder.

Long View Trail

Great Ride,I loved it

September, 2021 by alianna222

I did the Long view trail for the first time and it was a challenge. It has some good sized hills. I did the long loop from Laporte to Loveland over to Boyd lake and back to north Fort Collins. I started from my home town of Laporte and ended north Fort Collins near highway One. 34 miles.

Accordion

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

Great Ride and Lunch

September, 2021 by rxrayinc

We started at the Environment Education Center and rode to Bellvue. Even with a stronger than mild wind the scenery kept my mind off the wind. (Coming back with the wind was great!¿) On the way back we followed signs to down town And found, Tom Kha Thai Asian Bistro. What a delightful restaurant and reasonably priced for lunch. We continued through town across the college campus and found the Spring Canyon Park trail. Spring Canyon was beautiful. We found a blow snake more than half the path width! Back across town to the truck. Overall a 40 mile ride!

St. Vrain Greenway

easy ride

September, 2021 by rxrayinc

Both the main trails in Longmont are flat, concrete and perfectly maintained. There is currently a bike detour to get between the trails but it is hard to see going NW.

Corridor Trail

fun and short

September, 2021 by rxrayinc

Take your time to see all the little things

Farmers' High Line Canal Trail

ban on ebikes in 2 jurisdictions

September, 2021 by jpdakine

Beware Cherry Hills and Greenwood Village portions of this trail. These jurisdictions have banned ebikes and are bike police monitoring

Platte River Trail (CO)

South Platte River Trail beautiful in spots

August, 2021 by gregorythow

Just finished it.. our favorite part was south of Inverness Park through the Overland Golf course area.. beautifully maintained by the city with waterfall features, outdoor gym equipment, great places to picnic... we were really really impressed with the southern portion of the trail. On to the next one!

Platte River Trail (CO)

trail closed between Mississippi and Alameda

June, 2021 by bessesenfamily1

Beautiful urban trail Retaining wall damage has closed the trail between Mississippi and Alameda. Not known when repairs will be completed

Poudre River Trail

trail closure

May, 2021 by nidialogston

Trail is closed 2 miles east of Kodak trailhead due to flooding

South Link Greenway

It's Functional

May, 2021 by realstelecat

It's in the name: it's a link. It does indeed link. Doesn't go above and beyond, but it gets the job done, linking the Allison Draw Greenway with the Sun Valley/East Cheyenne Greenway. Goes through two intersections and the most forgotten "park" in town; it's not much for scenery.

South Cheyenne Greenway

It Exists

April, 2021 by realstelecat

It kinda goes all over and nowhere in particular at the same time. The middle section from Parsely to Walterscheid has some public exercise equipment which is nice if you're into that sort of thing, and seems to be used a lot by the folks in that area. The greenway also technically incorporates a pedestrian overpass over I-80, which is useful. But other than that, like a lot of Cheyenne greenways, it feels haphazard and half-done. It doesn't lead much of anywhere, much of it feels like a glorified sidewalk, and it doesn't connect well into a unified greenway system.

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