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Parks & Open Spaces in Fort Collins

Parks & Open Spaces

The citizens of Fort Collins have been enjoying the city park system for over 100 years. Fort Collins currently has 820 acres of developed park land including 6 community parks and 44 neighborhood/pocket parks. We also have 29 miles of recreational trails that flow through our City.

Colorado Division of Wildlife, Northeast Region
317 W. Prospect Rd
(970) 472-4300

Information on hunting, fishing, wildlife and outdoor recreation.

CSU Environmental Learning Center
3745 East Prospect Road #205
(970) 491-1661

Explore the riparian woodlands and signs of wildlife at the 200 acre Environmental Learning Center. Trails, raptor cages, garden and other attractions. Explore on your own or arrange a guided hike.

Fort Collins Natural Areas
PO Box 580
(970) 416-2815

Natural Areas are naturally yours! The City's Natural Areas Department manages 43 sites, 100 miles of trail and over 40,000 acres locally and regionally, so there is likely a natural area near you! You are welcome to explore and help care for these special places. Free educational activities are offered year-round too.

Larimer County Natural Resources
1800 South CR 31
(970) 619-4574
(970) 619-4570

Manages recreation at Carter Lake; Flatiron, Horsetooth, and Pinewood reservoirs; Big Thompson parks; Devil’s Backbone, Eagle’s Nest, Hermit Park, Horsetooth Mountain, Red Mountain, River Bluffs, and Soderberg open spaces; and others.

U.S. Forest Service Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
2150 Centre Ave, Building E Pawnee National Grassland
(970) 295-6700

Manages recreation such as camping in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (including the Poudre Canyon), and the Pawnee National Grasslands. Call or visit the website for information.