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Prescribed Burns to Improve Safety and Beauty of Natural Areas 

The Greeley Fire Department has partnered with City Parks, Forestry, Planning, and Water Departments to start a Prescribed Fire Program within the City of Greeley.

This program will improve existing natural areas through the reduction of dead and dry plant materials. A benefit of contained burning is to maintain and improve the health of an existing natural area containing native plants. The fire manages weeds and other growth, helps restore nutrients to the soil, and helps lead to more desirable plant growth next spring.

Area residents can expect to see smoke during burn periods which are: 

  • Wednesday, September 21- North of 4th Street and east of 59th Avenue
  • Wednesday, September 28- North of 10th Street and east of 63rd Avenue
  • Thursday, October 13- North of 24 Street and east of Balsam Avenue 
  • Friday, October 14- South of 34 Bypass and east of 1st Avenue 
  • Thursday, October 20- Poudre Ponds east of 35th Avenue
  • Friday, October 28- Poudre River Trail west of 71st Avenue
  • Tuesday, November 1- Poudre River Trail West of 71st Avenue

Residents can expect continued notification as the burn dates approach through additional notification and on City of Greeley social media accounts

General Conditions of the trail

  • The trail is paved the entire length. The grades on the trail are mild with only a few small hills.
  • There are multiple places to access the trail. Please only access the trail from safe designated access points. Do not cross private property to get to the trail. Park your car in designated parking areas.
  • The trail has long stretches without road intersections, but where it does cross streets or highways please use caution, especially with children and pets.
  • Restrooms and drinking water are available at Island Grove Park, Eastman Park and at the River Bluffs Open Space trailhead in Larimer County
  • Portable toilets are located at every parking lot along the trail, see the Interactive Trail Map for exact locations.
  • Bring a cell phone in case of emergencies. For major emergencies call 911. Granite trail markers are located every 1/4 mile along the trail. Use these to inform emergency responders of your location.
  • Click to read more about our Trail Locator System.
  • Maintenance Vehicles and Crews may be present on the trail, especially in the spring and summer in order to keep the trail looking great. Maintenance equipment makes it difficult sometimes for crews to always notice trail users. Please take caution when passing them.
  • Flooding may occur along the river during the early summer season and during rain storms. The trail may be closed during these times.
  • The trail is not maintained during the winter. Icy and snowy conditions may exist, especially in shady areas. Travel at your own risk.
  • Come prepared. Plan ahead and bring appropriate clothing, wear comfortable shoes, and bring plenty of drinking water.
  • During the summer season, the trail experiences temperatures over 100 degrees at times. Plan accordingly, and avoid travelling on the trail during the middle of the day if possible. Hats, sun-screen and bug-spray are suggested.
  • Wildlife may be present on the trail, including deer, foxes, snakes, birds-of-prey, raccoons, porcupines, wild turkeys, etc. Stay a safe distance from all wildlife. Keeps pets and children close to you.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Please respect wildlife and other trail users by being a responsible dog owner and picking up after your pup.
  • Many sections of the trail are remote and away from roadways. Only venture in as far as you can venture back.
  • For non-emergency situations or if you see something on the trail that needs attention, call the trail office at 970-336-4044. Leave a message with the information. Please leave your name and contact information if the trail management needs clarification about the issue.