Skyline Natural Area
The City acquired this 155-acre property on the west side of Loveland in August 2015. The site is located north of Hwy 34 and west of Morning Drive and includes the ridge where the Winter Holiday Council's Namaqua Star is located (see MAP). The public was invited to help name the site, resulting in more than 120 unique name suggestions. Open Lands staff and the Advisory Commission reviewed the submissions and selected the name Namaqua Skyline Natural Area, based on geographical and historical references to the area, as well as the skyline views from the top of the ridge. To avoid confusion with neighborhoods, natural areas, and roads, the site is referred to as Skyline Natural Area.
The natural area provides potential habitat for mule deer, bobcat, coyote, red and gray fox, elk, mountain lion, and black bear. Many species of small mammals also inhabit the area, along with prairie falcons, golden eagles and other raptors that use the area for hunting. A resource management plan is underway to evaluate current conditions and determine appropriate management and public-access goals. Future uses may include soft-surface trails, potentially connecting to Meadowbrook Natural Area in the future.
The property will remain closed until the management plan is complete. Please observe the site from public roads.
Click on the map below to see the location of the property.