Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)


Poudre Trail (Fort Collins) Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: Larimer
Length: 12.3 miles
Trail end points: CSU Environmental Learning Center (Fort Collins) and County 52E (Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015412
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Poudre Trail (Fort Collins) Description

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. The trail passes through wooded corridors and among agricultural and natural areas, small lakes and holding ponds, parks and light industrial sites. There are plans to extend the Poudre Trail at its southern terminus east toward I-25.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Poudre Trail is available at the school in Laporte (along US 287B); at Lyons Park (N. Overland Trail road); near the trail's intersection with Taft Hill Rd./CR 19; by the Farm at Lee Martinez Park off N. Sherwood St. and at the nearby Mason Ct. and Cherry St.; at Udall Natural Area (E. Lincoln near Riverside avenues); off Sharp Point Dr. south of Prospect; and at CSU's Enrivonmental Learning Center (2400 South County Road 9).

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins) Reviews

I did this trail on a longboard. I started at N. College and the museum and went up to Bellevue. The trail is very pretty but it is very flat for a longboard, I pushed there and back. The concrete is in good condition with saw cuts for the expansion joints and the asphalt is also in good condition. Nice ride if you are looking to stay under 10 MPH.

Beautiful ride along the Poudre River, multiple parking locations to jump on the path in convenient locations close to town.

The residents of FoCo is so privileged to have such an asset. It is simply one of the best city trails for the whole family. And easy access to some of the best coffee shops and eateries.


We carry our bikes cross country so we can take advantage of time off and ride! Parking is a problem with our Kenworth. If there is anyone out there with parking information it would be so appreciated. Thanks!

My wife and I rode this trail yesterday and it was a fun and easy trail to ride. There are plenty of directional signs to follow. There is still one section closed due to the spring flooding, but the detour signs are easy to follow. The detour takes you down some side streets using a bike lane. That was our first time using them and didn't feel nervous at all.
The trail meanders along the river bank and wasn't that busy with other walkers and riders. Round trip was about 26 miles. We do plan on riding this again.

On my last trip to Greeley I walked a section of this trail. It is now very lengthy and beautiful! I had ridden some of the sections in Fort Collins about a decade ago and found this trail to be a very nice ride.

Great family outing. Flat, wide paved trail along the river, but close to town. Lots of scenery.

This trail now extends 2 miles west to the Watson Lake fish hatchery and the hamlet of Bellvue.

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