In this issue: Trails, Big T and Bison
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Devil's Backbone Open Space
NR News Issue 12 | July 2015
Future Site of Long View Corridor Trailhead

This is the future site of a trailhead for the Long View Corridor Trail at Loveland's Sunset Vista Natural Area. Photo by Jeffrey Boring.

New Paved Trails to Connect Loveland, Fort Collins

Big news for cyclists, walkers and runners!

This spring, funding was secured to build two paved trails linking Loveland and Fort Collins and each city's trail networks. These trails will provide a fun, safe way for commuters and recreators to travel between the cities.

Long View Corridor Trail: This 4.4-mile trail will run from Sunset Vista Natural Area in Loveland to Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area in Fort Collins. It is expected to open in 2017. Learn more about the Long View Corridor Trail »

Colorado Front Range Trail - Loveland to Fort Collins Connection: This 2.2-mile trail will run from Loveland's Recreation Trail near Boyd Lake State Park to Fort Collins' Fossil Creek Trail. It is expected to open by fall of 2016. Learn more about the Colorado Front Range Trail »

A Bigger Vision for the Big T

The assessment is a result of the devastating floods of 2013, which caused extensive property damage and obliterated nearly all of the public recreation facilities along the river.

Discover the Future of the Big Thompson River

In the wake of the 2013 floods, Larimer County and the City of Loveland led an effort to assess recreation and conservation along the Big Thompson River from Loveland to Estes Park. Public comment on a draft plan has been incorporated into the assessment. Thank you to all who participated!

A final adoption draft of the Big T assessment is complete and available. View and download the Big Thompson River assessment »

Volunteer Bison Project

Volunteers removed fence on county and City of Fort Collins properties in northern Colorado to prepare them for bison to be reintroduced there Nov. 1. Photo by Jeff Andersen.

Red Mountain, Soapstone Prepped for Bison Release

Bring on the bison! More than 80 volunteers removed fence on Red Mountain Open Space and Soapstone Prairie Natural Area to prepare the properties for a pasture where bison will be reintroduced this fall. Thank you to everyone who participated in the project. We removed about 6 miles of fence!

Read more about the volunteer project »

This project is part of a larger effort by Colorado State University, USDA, City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to restore genetically pure, brucellosis-free bison to northern Colorado. On June 5, the first calf destined for the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd was born at CSU's Foothills Campus. Yay!

Watch a video about the baby bison »

Junior Ranger Guide

Junior Ranger Guide Teaches Kids How to Care for Nature

Help your children get into nature with Larimer County Natural Resources' new Junior Ranger Guide.

The 20-page activity guide aims to connect kids ages 7-12 to the amazing parks and open spaces in Larimer County, teaching them how to enjoy and care for nature. Activities include learning to use a map, attending guided hikes, interviewing a ranger and more!

Get your copy: Call (970) 619-4489, or download the Junior Ranger Guide.

Volunteer Project

Service projects allow citizens to be a part of conservation in Larimer County.

Volunteers Needed for Restoration, Night Sky Monitoring

Thistle Removal, July 17, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Assist staff in removing invasive thistle from a backcountry area at Ramsay-Shockey Open Space. No experience necessary. Lunch provided.

Night Sky Monitoring, Aug. 14, times TBD
Take light level readings on open spaces and natural areas. No experience necessary. Training and monitoring tools provided.

Sign up or get info for either project: Pam Mayhew, 970-619-4552,

Hikes and Programs

Get your kids into the great outdoors with Larimer County education programs.

Upcoming Guided Hikes and Programs

Wile E. Coyotes - July 18 (Sat.), 5:30 p.m., River Bluffs Open Space

Junior Ranger Hike - July 23 (Thurs.), 5 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Geology Underfoot - July 31 (Fri.), 10 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Blue Moon Over My Open Space - July 31 (Fri.), 8:30 p.m., Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Tiny Trekkers - Aug. 4 (Tues.), 10 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

On the Trail of Predators - Aug. 8 (Sat.), 8 a.m., Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Junior Ranger Hike - Aug. 11 (Tues.), 5 p.m., River Bluffs Open Space

Night Sky Over the Backbone - Aug. 19 (Wed.), 8 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Junior Ranger Hike - Aug. 28 (Fri.), 5 p.m., Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Summer Plant Walk - Aug. 29 (Sat.), 8:30 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Registration is required for all programs.

Information and registration:, or Zach Schierl at (970) 619-4565 or

Nature's Harvest Fest

Save the Date: Nature's Harvest Fest Sept. 12

The event brings together the NoCo Nature Fest and Harvest Festival in a one-day celebration of all things nature and harvest in our community.

The festival will be Sat., Sept. 12 at The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins and feature workshops, family activities, live entertainment, a marketplace with local artisans and more!

Get info on Nature's Harvest Fest »

Masthead photo: Devil's Backbone Open Space by Zach Schierl
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