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The Poudre River Trail will be closed between 59th Avenue and 71st Avenue on Friday, March 27 for the purpose of removing a large cottonwood tree that is in danger of falling on the trail.

It is recommended that trail users take the following routes for detour:

From 71st Avenue trailhead (Red Barn) going east to 59th Avenue: Go south to 4th Street, then east to the Sheep Draw Trail, then north to the Poudre River Trail.

From 59th Avenue going west to 71st Avenue: Go south on the Sheep Draw Trail to 4th Street, west on 4th Street to 71st Avenue, then north to the trailhead at 71st (Red Barn)

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.