“A mostly dirt tour around the Arapahoe Bend Natural Area.
— Mojie Nixon
Easy, flat, and accessible within town.
Check the kiosk at the parking area for any restrictions or closures.
Arapahoe Bend is a city-owned natural area on the SE side of Fort Collins with easy riding and assorted ponds.
Need to Know
You'll like encounter other visitors on this multi-use trail like hikers, trail runners, anglers, dog-walkers, and equestrian riders.
Overall, this is an easy, flat cruise around the ponds. The trails run alongside the Cache La Poudre River and wind around a set of ponds surrounded by woods and fields. Although there is a hum of traffic from nearby I-25, the area provides a scenic and relaxing experience, and is a great place to spot birds and other wildlife.
History & Background
A huge cottonwood tree originally located in this area was used as a meeting place by the Arapahoe Tribe, detail here
. Remains of the historic Strauss cabin (built by Robert Strauss in the 1860s) can still be viewed near the Rigden Reservoir Trail