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Recreation Trail SystemParks & Recreation Administration
500 E. Third Street, Suite 200
Loveland, CO  80537
(970) 962-2727

Email: parks@cityofloveland.org

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RECREATION TRAIL SYSTEM

The Recreation Trail System is a 19-mile paved loop trail nearly encircling Loveland.  The trail runs through beautiful areas on the west side of town near Wilson Avenue, east along the Big Thompson River corridor, over and under city streets, along irrigation canals, through fields, and north along the west shore of Boyd Lake State Park, then back to the west through prairies and wetlands.  The entire trail is open from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm daily. 

Quarter-mile markers are located along a large portion of the trail to measure distance traveled.  These markers begin counting near Wilson Avenue and continue east and around to the Hwy 287 North underpass (near 57th Street).  

Approximately 20 miles of paved urban trail are planned with the ultimate goal of developing a network of trails that will connect neighborhoods throughout the city. 

RECREATION TRAIL MAP

The Recreation Trail & Bikeways Map shows the Recreation Trail, bike lanes, bike routes, privately maintained trails, regional soft surface trails, parks, cemeteries, golf courses, open lands, public lands, and outlines the Loveland City Limits. We hope that it will be helpful for residents and visitors to the area. 

Maps are available to pick up at numerous locations around the city, including the Loveland Visitor's Center, Boyd Lake State Park, Chilson Recreation Center, various Loveland bicycle shops, or at the Parks & Recreation administrative office (500 E. Third St., Suite 200).

You may also view/print the map via the PDF files below. 

Printable maps here:

NEWS

New trail connects to Mariana Butte

LOVELAND, July 7, 2017 – Volunteers from the Colorado Addicted Trailbuilders Society (CATS) have completed a new natural-surface trail connection called the “Hidden Hogback Trail” which allows public access to the north of Mariana Butte, along the hogback and along the Big Thompson River to Rossum Drive. This new trail offers the community a unique experience and incredible views of the Mariana Butte Golf Course and surrounding area.

The Mariana Butte Trail System, including the new Hidden Hogback trail, was constructed over the last two years and provides over 1.25 miles of natural-surface hiking trails with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and panoramic views.  The trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset.  To best preserve the landscape, hiking is limited to the established trail and bicycles are prohibited.  Parking, restrooms and concessions are available at the Mariana Butte Clubhouse. More information:  www.cityofloveland.org/OpenLands

The new sustainable trails have been constructed 100% by volunteers.  The Colorado Addicted Trailbuilders Society (CATS) Loveland/Fort Collins Chapter is a non-profit organization dedicated to trail construction in Northern Colorado.  These volunteers provide quality work at public sites at no cost. CATS welcomes new volunteers and will provide applicable training. More information: http://trailcats.org or contact bob@trailcats.org.

A community ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hidden Hogback Trail was held on July 20. 

TRAIL CLOSURES

  • Due to construction and road closures on Hwy 34, Round Mountain Trail (both the Nature Trail and the Summit Trail) are closed until May.  We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • There may be some dates & times for which the recreational trail will have very heavy use or experience temporary closures.  During inclement weather or flooding conditions, there may also be closures or delays in clearing the recreational trail for use.  When there are major impacts to the recreation trail that we are aware of, we will post them here for more information.

TRAIL NOTICES

  • MIGRATORY BIRDS NOTICE:  Migratory Bird Nesting Season Underway in Loveland
    Each year, beginning in mid-March and ending in late summer, our public spaces (including parks, open lands and the recreation trail) play host to many species of migratory nesting birds. The City has identified known nesting sites in public spaces with signage.
    Bicyclists, walkers, and joggers are encouraged to temporarily avoid nesting areas. Any intrusion into the nesting area may cause the birds to take flight, leaving their nests vulnerable. The eggs themselves may be harmed and not hatch if left exposed to the hot summer sun for as little as five minutes.
    Most birds in Colorado are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The MBTA makes it unlawful for anyone to pursue, hunt, take, capture, or kill migratory birds or destroy nests or eggs.
    The Parks and Recreation Department asks that the public protect nesting birds and allow them to reproduce and flourish in our City. Please be respectful of the birds at all posted sites.
    For additional information and resources, please contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or visit their website at: www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/regulationspolicies/mbta/mbtintro.html

UPDATES:

Summer/Fall Update 2017 -

There has been a great deal of exciting activity on Loveland’s Trails in 2017.
 

Wilson Avenue Bridge ReplacementFlood Repairs Completed from Wilson to Taft Avenues -
  •  The stretch of recreation trail between Wilson and Taft Avenues has reopened after several months closure for permanent flood repairs. The $964,000 project included replacement of the Wilson Avenue bridge that was swept 300 feet down river during the 2013 flood, reconstruction and realignment of the recreation trail and other improvements to stormwater facilities, erosion risk and wildlife habitat. The trail opened after the flood, but permanent repairs required more design, planning and federal approval for recovery grants. Parking at the Wilson Avenue trailhead is now open, and parking also is available at Centennial Park at First Street and Taft Avenue. Residents also can park at the Loveland Service Center, 200 N. Wilson Ave., to access the trail.                   

Trail Segment 10b Old Viestenz Smith Bridge Barnes DitchCompletion of a ½ Mile trail connection from Namaqua Avenue to US Highway 34 –

  • This trail project completed in May 2017 connects a vital missing link in Loveland’s Recreation Trail System from Highway 34 Pedestrian Underpass to Namaqua Avenue.  As part of this project, the City was able to re-use the Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park bridge for a trail ditch crossing.  Photo:  Trail segment 10b, old Viestenz-Smith Bridge over Barnes Ditch

Front Range Trail North Project Site MapFront Range Trail (North) –

  • Construction began in late June on the 2.2-mile Colorado Front Range Trail which will fill the gap between existing trails in Loveland and Fort Collins. The Front Range Trail will connect Loveland’s Recreation Trail near Boyd Lake State Park to Fort Collins’ Fossil Creek Trail.  The anticipated construction completion is scheduled Once completed this fall, the trail will connect Fort Collins with Loveland via a concrete commuter trail for citizens to enjoy year round.  Photo: Front Range Trail Project - Loveland/Ft. Collins Site Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long View Corridor Trail Project MapLong View Trail at Sunset Vista Natural Area -

  • Final bid packages are being prepared.  Staff has been working with Larimer County and Fort Collins to finalize the Intragovernmental Agreement (IGA) for funding this project.  Larimer County will be managing the construction and grant management for the project.  Anticipate the IGA will be brought to City Council in early August with construction to commence this fall.  Grant funding expires Summer of 2018 so all work must be complete over the winter and spring.  Photo:  Long View Corridor Trail Project Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rossum Avenue Trail ConnectionRossum Drive Connection -

  • The Loveland Recreation Trail loop will see a spur off the Recreation Trail loop begin construction in the fall. This new trail connection is located west of the West US 34 underpass and will connect the Recreation Trail with Rossum Drive.  Completion of this new trail connection is scheduled by year-end 2017. 

 

Rules & Regulations:

Accessibility:

The trail is partially handicap accessible from several locations and is designed to accommodate many types of recreation uses.
 

Video on YouTube:

 

Additional Recreation Trail Resources

Bicycle Ambassadors Roll Out Education

The City of Loveland has a cadre of Bicycle Ambassadors who are trained and equipped to share rules of the road, trail etiquette, route finding and basic bike maintenance with others who are interested in riding more. The Bicycle Ambassador Program is part of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coalition (BPEC) which works to get more people walking and riding, and fewer people experiencing related injuries.

Bicycle Ambassadors tailor educational messaging to children, teens, college-age students, families, adults in the workplace, seniors and motorists through:

  • One-hour presentations
  • Bike skill/safety rodeos
  • Community events
  • Neighborhood Open Garage events
  • Community patrol.

To learn more about the Bicycle Ambassador Program, volunteer as an ambassador, or request a presentation, bike rodeo or BPEC presence at an event:

ADDITIONAL RECREATION TRAILS

Maintained by the Parks & Recreation Department:

Maintained by Other Agencies:

Be Aware!  Wildlife Near The Trails

Black Bears Rattlesnakes
Bear Alert - Residential
Residential [PDF]
Bear Alert Trail- No Dogs
Trail w/out dogs
 [PDF]
Bear Alert Trail
Trail w/ dogs
 [PDF]

Rattlesnake Sign
Rattlesnakes
 [PDF]

 

Recreation Trail & Bikeways Map 2017

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