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Arapahoe Bend Loop

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 3.3 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A mostly dirt tour around the Arapahoe Bend Natural Area.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

75%

Singletrack

4,855' 1,480 m

High

4,847' 1,477 m

Low

14' 4 m

Up

14' 4 m

Down

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1%

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Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly Easy, flat, and accessible within town.

Check the kiosk at the parking area for any restrictions or closures.

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mojie Nixon

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  3.3 from 4 votes

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  3.3 from 4 votes
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#429

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#3,292

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Photos

Trail running between the Big Bass Pond and Cache la Poudre River.
Nov 6, 2017 near Severance, CO
Late fall reflection on Beaver Pond
Nov 4, 2017 near Severance, CO

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