We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: CR 32 C, Fort Collins, CO
Website
Description: Bobcat Ridge is a great natural area for everyone!The trails are arranged...
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 26 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
A variety of great hikes!

From an easy 4-7 mile hike in the valley to a more strenuous 9+ mile hike up the mountain with amazing views, the trails are well maintained and marked.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Catherine J
,
Fort Collins, CO
Add Photo Write a Review

26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Fort Collins, CO
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

From an easy 4-7 mile hike in the valley to a more strenuous 9+ mile hike up the mountain with amazing views, the trails are well maintained and marked.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I like this area because it is close to Fort Collins, scenic, and has a variety of trails depending on what kind of shape you are in. There is a flat hike to an old cabin, a more moderate loop where you will be in the trees for part of the time, and a more challenging hike that is more... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Johnstown, Colorado
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Sweet area near Loveland and Ft. Collins. Especially nice if you have limited time to drive to other hiking yet this area is worth visiting on its own even when you can go farther away. One of Larimer Counties open space gems!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Evans, Colorado
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I've hiked here many times in the last year and have always enjoyed the outdoor experience offered here. There are various trails and rarely do I see a crowd. It's a great hike for the early season or if you are short on time and don't want to travel far. There is a cement trail which is ideal for families... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Collins
Level Contributor
184 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
244 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level Contributor
130 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
151 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level Contributor
33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Bobcat Ridge Natural Area also viewed

 

Been to Bobcat Ridge Natural Area? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Address: CR 32 C, Fort Collins, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Fort Collins

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bobcat Ridge Natural Area staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?