If you wander down the Poudre River Trail, chances are you will see attractive granite markers with an alpha-numeric code carved into each one. There is a marker located every 1/4 mile along the trail.

What to the Letters mean?

The letters on the markers can be:

  • "PT" for Poudre Trail
  • "W" for Weld County or
  • "L" for Larimer County

Following the letters is a number that indicates the distance from where the trail crossed the County Line between Weld and Larimer Counties. The County line runs along Weld County Road 13, which runs north-south 2.5 miles East of Interstate 25.

For example, if you come across a marker that reads "W-3.0", that means that you are 3 miles along the trail from the County line. The numbers for Weld County are greater as you travel easterly along the trail.

If you require Emergency Help, call 911 and report the issue along with the information on the nearest trail marker. This will help emergency responders to locate you.

What is the significance of the markings?

Each of the even-mile markers has a unique emblem carved into the stone. These emblems illustrate different animals that live along the river. The trail markers were designed and created by local artists Debbie Dalton and Mike McBride of Greeley Monument Works with funding from a private donor and the Greeley Public Art Program.

The markers at the even-mile locations (e.g. 2.0) are 4-feet tall, while the markers at the 1/4-mile increments (e.g. 1.25, 4.50) are 2-feet tall.

Story Posts

You may also see other larger granite markers that we call "Story Posts". These trail sections such as Bison Arroyo, Overland Trail or Signature Bluffs are a historical reference for each area that the trail passes through. Click here to read more about the "Story Posts". These trail sections are indicated along the profile at the bottom of our brochure map. Click here for our brochure map.

You can also see the different trail sections in different colors on our Interactive Map.

Poudre River Trail Informational Signs

Along the trail you will find informational signs that educate the reader on some of the environmental topics and the cultural history of this area. This is an excellent educational tool for the kids and for the adults to learn more about this area.