Are you looking for a hike close into a suburban area with your fur-ever friend but wanting to be immersed in nature at the same time? Then the Arapahoe Bend Natural Area is just the spot you been searching for. Located in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado and not far from the interstate, this pup-friendly spot will give you plenty of outdoor time together and a hiking trail to boot!
Pick up the trailhead for the nature trail, the Arapahoe Bend Loop Trail, at one of three locations. Two are located on Horsetooth Road at the intersection of Strauss Cabin Road, one on Strauss Cabin road, just south of Horsetooth Road, and one at the Harmony Road Transportation Center, on East Harmony Road just east of Interstate 25.
The trail meanders for 3.7 miles throughout the natural area. This paved path is perfect for any pup-ability as it is nearly level the entire way. Make it a hike or just a stroll through open grass areas. You both will be treated to the many ponds on the property including Big and Little Bass Pond, which were previous gravel mines that have been repurposed for community enjoyment. The fish are biting here so you will see lots of fisherman sitting on the shores of the various lakes with pole in hand! Benches are provided near water’s edge to allow hikers place to rest and just enjoy the scenery.
Birdwatching is popular here and so is photography as you pass the Rigden Reservoir. Many of the area’s scenic wildlife habitat here throughout the year which makes for a magical place to sit and listen to the songbirds sing their lovely tunes. Please keep your fur-ever friend on leash throughout your visit so as not to disturb nesting and important environmental areas.
The Arapahoe Bend Natural Area offers a hike you and your fur-ever friend should not miss in Colorful Colorado.