Morey Wildlife Reserve at Mariana Butte

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5439 Cedar Valley Drive
Loveland, CO  80537

Morey Wildlife Reserve: 

33-acre natural area along the Big Thompson River 
0.5-mile natural-surface pedestrian trail (no dogs or bicycles allowed

Wildlife viewing, nature study, restored wetland and river habitats


Guided natural area bird walk results

Volunteer Cheri led a guided bird walk on Saturday, June 11 with 14 participants who discovered a total of 41 bird species.  See the results for this "Birding Hotspot" on HERE

Volunteer trail-building project a great success! 

On Saturday, June 4, a group of dedicated Loveland volunteers celebrated National Trails Day® with a trail-building event at Morey Wildlife Reserve. Volunteers helped complete 1/4-mile of natural-surface walking trail by removing vegetation from the trail alignment, placing "crusher fines" (crushed granite) on the trail, and then spreading, raking, leveling and tamping the material in place.  Thank you volunteers!  

Restoration is Underway at Morey Wildlife Reserve

The 2013 flood filled in the former 10.5-acre Morey Pond with sand and sediment, essentially returning the site to its condition prior to gravel mining.  The Open Lands Division is working with consultants to restore the site, with help from a Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) grant and a National Emergency Grant (NEG) crew.  Volunteers and the NEG crew planted thousands of native wetland and riparian grasses, shrubs, willows, and cottonwoods in spring 2016 to restore and improve wildlife habitat.  The pedestrian trail was rebuilt in 2015 and an additional tail loop is planned for construction in 2016.     


The City of Loveland opened the Morey Wildlife Reserve to the public in May 2008. Morey Wildlife Reserve is located near the Big Thompson River, just west of Mariana Butte Golf Course.

The city purchased the 27.5-acre natural area in 2000. The Open Lands Division and the previous owner conducted reclamation and restoration activities prior to opening the property to the public.  An adjacent      5.7-acre parcel was purchased in 2013, bringing the total sizeto 33.2 acres.  

Morey Wildlife Reserve is managed by the City of Loveland, Parks and Recreation Department, Open Lands Division. A soft-surface trail allows access to the north end of the pond and back.  Allowed uses include passive recreation activities, providing excellent opportunities for bird watching, wildlife observation, nature study, and environmental education. To protect the property’s sensitive natural resources, dogs and other domestic animals are prohibited on the property at all times. Hunting, fishing, jogging, and bicycling are also prohibited. The site is open for walk-in access from sunrise to sunset. Volunteer trail hosts are available on-site at various times to answer questions and provide visitor information.

Morey Wildlife Reserve Amenities:

  • Public access via walk-in entrance at 5439 Cedar Valley Drive
  • Parking available on Cedar Valley Drive
  • Kiosk area near entrance contains:
    • Restrooms
    • Bike rack
    • Trash can
    • Bench
    • Sign with site map, rules, regulations and site features
  • Improved 1-mile natural-surface trail with crusher fines

History of Morey Wildlife Reserve:

  • Morey Wildlife Reserve was acquired in 2000 by the City of Loveland as a passive wildlife viewing area.
  • The site was evaluated by Colorado Parks & Wildlife prior to purchase for its suitability for wildlife viewing. The CPW gave the site high marks and agreed with the proposed uses.
  • Funding was provided by the City of Loveland and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
  • The property consists of 33.2 acres. 
  • The site was gravel mined and reclaimed by the Morey family.
  • A Conservation Easement is held by Colorado Open Lands (formerly Legacy Land Trust). The easement language promotes wildlife viewing by the public. It allows for an environmental education center, restrooms, parking lot, trail and other amenities. The easement prohibits active recreation such as hunting, fishing, bicycling, jogging, and dogs.
  • A restroom facility was constructed in 2004, serving the needs of Mariana Butte Golf Course and Morey Wildlife Reserve visitors. 


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