When will the trail be connected to Fort Collins?

Three projects will need to be completed.

  1. CDOT needs to complete a North I-25 project that includes an underpass for the Poudre Trail.  Based on the current schedule the underpass will be constructed in 2021.
  2. The City of Fort Collins is working on extending the Poudre Trail east from the CSU Environmental Learning Center to I-25.  Planning, permitting & design work is underway.  The current plan is to begin construction work in late 2021, and hopefully have an opened trail connection by the fall of 2022.
  3. Larimer County is working diligently with landowners to connect the Timnath section to River Bluffs.  Although progress is steady, a construction timeline is not in place for this section.

How is the trail funded?

The trail has been funded through monies raised from individual contributions, in-kind donations, and matching grants. An agreement between the Town of Windsor, Weld County, and the City of Greeley allows for funds to maintain the trail. This intergovernmental agreement is a reflection of the community teamwork that it took to complete the trail. Check the News and Events page for upcoming fundraising events or donate to the cause through our Donations page.

What are the benefits of the Poudre River Trail?

The greatest impact of this trail is preserving the natural resources for the future generations living in these communities. The resources located along the Cache la Poudre River are unique to the area and will be lost forever if not protected. We are helping to preserve a local treasure and provide the opportunity for community members to enjoy this resource. Other benefits of the trail include:

  • Recreational Opportunities
  • Educational Benefits
  • Increased Land Values
  • Preservation of habitat for wildlife
  • Protecting the environment

How is the Poudre River Trail being maintained?

An intergovernmental agreement between the Town of Windsor, Weld County, and the City of Greeley provides funding for general maintenance on the trail. A portion of the monies raised for the development of the trail has been set aside in an endowment to help fund perpetual maintenance of the trail. This fund will assist with capital replacement needs to ensure that the trail will continue to be a positive reflection upon the donors and the community. Volunteers play a vital part in keeping the trail in proper form. Without the assistance of dedicated volunteers, the trail would be almost impossible to maintain.

How did the Poudre Trail get started?

Since the 1970s, residents of Greeley, Windsor, and Weld County have expressed interest in the idea of a trail along the Cache la Poudre River. In the late 1980s Greeley’s City Council established the Poudre River Trail as a goal and in 1991 the Greenway Commission was formed. In 1995, a trail master plan was adopted, which then led to the founding of the non-profit organization, Poudre River Trail Corridor, Inc. PRTC, Inc. is comprised of a group of volunteers and staff from the member governments dedicated to the trail.

Where is the trail located?
The trail is located between the west side of Windsor and runs to the east side of Greeley in Northern Colorado.
How long is the trail?
The trail extends over 21 miles.
Do I have to ride the whole trail?
No, there are many trailheads to catch and leave the trail.
Are there restrooms?
There are restrooms at several trailheads. Island Grove Park, Eastman Park and River Bluff have indoor flush facilities. There are also several locations with portable restrooms along the trail. Go to the Trailhead Map descriptions or zoom in on the Interactive Google Map.
Is there drinking water?

There are only a few locations for drinking water, be sure to bring your own water supply with you.

Is it paved all the way?
Yes, it is a wide paved path the entire way.
Are there hills?
The trail is relatively flat the whole way, with only a few steeper sections.
Is it in the mountains?
No, Greeley and Windsor are out on the relatively level prairie with an impressive view of the mountains in the distance.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, dogs are welcome, but they must be on a leash at all times.
Is there a lot of car traffic?
No, almost all of the trail is located away from roads and traffic. There are a few locations where you need to cross roads or highways, so please be careful, especially with children and pets.