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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Address: CR 32 C, Fort Collins, CO
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Ranked #12 of 58 Activities in Fort Collins
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Bobcat Ridge is a great natural area for everyone!The trails are arranged in several loops which...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Bobcat Ridge is a great natural area for everyone!The trails are arranged in several loops which makes short and long excursions fun.The Valley Loop Trail is about 4 miles and crosses a grassy valley and goes through ponderosa pine forest. A historic cabin is about 1 mile from the trailhead and it's a great destination for families (shade, picnic table and vault toilet there) or those wanting a short hike. There are nice views and the trail to the cabin is ADA accessible grade with a firm natural surface.If you are up for a challenge, the Power Line Trail (about 1 mile) is quite steep, but you will be rewarded at Mahoney Park with granite rock formations and views of snow capped peaks (no bikes downhill on Power Line Tr). The Ginny Trail (4.6 miles one way) is designed for cyclists and it is a challenging mountain bike trail. On the way down, check out the ramps, jumps and other "technical trail features". The Ginny Trail goes through the Bobcat Gulch fire area, which makes for dramatic scenery and an open setting. One time I visited when the burnt trees were covered with a dusting of snow and it was very dramatic with the black trees and white snow. No horses allowed on the Ginny Trail. Equestrians will enjoy the D.R. Trail, 3 miles long, no bikes allowed. The trail is wider with more gentle grades which makes it great for horses! Very nice varied scenery from forest to views.The Ginny, DR and Powerline Trail all lead to Mahoney Park, a nice meadow destination. Free activities and events are offered year-round at Bobcat Ridge from stargazing to nature hikes for kids.
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Fort Collins
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158 reviews 158 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This area is not only beautiful but uncrowded. great hiking trails and biking, but be forewarned one of the mt. bike trails is rated extreme. Best time in the spring and then fall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We've been here a couple times during various seasons. There's a variety of trails which include one paved one that is handicapped accessible. There was plenty of parking--no problem. Good place to take children or go out and clear your head.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I rode here quite often between 2008-2010. If you take the loop it is about 30min one way. It's a good workout, as the inclines in areas can be steep, but none of them are excessively long, so you get to rest as you bomb the back-sides. I would say the trail is of moderate difficulty as you won't encounter... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We came here last Saturday evening for a Nature Talk about Astronomy. Later, we had the pleasure of viewing the stars courtesy of the local Astronomy Club members. They brought their excellent telescopes, many of which were homemade. We got to view the stars, planets, and the International Space Station as it flew overhead. We saw shooting stars, and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Not over crowded, variety of trails for different level hikers. Plenty of wildlife (thanks to the no dogs allowed rule) and great views. Area is in excellent condition and well maintained.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Lesser-used natural area in Larimer County just a few miles from the super-busy Horsetooth Mountain Park. Lots of trails, plus you're welcome to go off trail on foot. Free too. Just don't bring your dog - this is one of the very few areas that dogs are not allowed because of the sensitive wildlife resources. Llamas, horses and mountain bikes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Bobcat Ridge offers a wide range of hiking and biking trails in the foothills near Masonville (west of Loveland & Ft. Collins). HIKERS - If you want an easy walk, take the fairly level grasslands pathway to the historic cabin. If you feel a bit more energetic climb a little and return to your car via a loop through the... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This natural area has several trails of varying difficulties. Well maintained paths. Many bird and wildlife sightings including a large prairie dog town on the Cabin Trail. This trail ends at a nearly century old cabin that one can explore. There is even a picnic table under the trees. Views in all directions are stunning. On another trail, it is... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Be sure to sign up for a program with the Fort Collins Natural Area folks. We went on a night walk. They have one for families with children and one for adults. We went on the one for adults. It was the night before the full moon, a super moon in fact. It was two hours and an easy stroll.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The upper loop at Bobcat Ridge is, in my opinion, the best technical mountain biking in the Fort Collins area. Ridden counter-clockwise, it starts with a brutal climb up a powerline road, followed by several miles of upper intermediate technical singletrack. Expect lots of rock features and a few optional stunts. Dogs are not allowed at Bobcat Ridge at all,... More 

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