Property: Prairie Ridge Natural Area
Priority Area: Fort Collins / Loveland Corridor
Size: 792 acres
The Prairie Ridge Natural Area serves as a community
buffer between Loveland and Ft. Collins.
(Photo by Dan Schmeh)
This buffer area is not open to the public. Its purchase is an example of protecting a way of life as well as land. Agriculture has long been associated with Larimer County, and this purchase allows for the continuation of Prairie Ridge Natural Areaing under a lease agreement.
|Type of Acquisition||#Acres||Property
|Fee Simple||792.0||$ 3,139,000||Larimer Co. - $ 437,881
Loveland - $ 1,892,764
Fort Collins - $ 308,355
GOCO* - $ 500,000
|2000||Future Regional Trail|
* Great Outdoors Colorado
The Prairie Ridge Natural Area is managed by the City of Loveland and co-monitored by Larimer County and Legacy Land Trust. The property is currently leased for dryland farming, but would be re-seeded back to native prairie if farming should cease to continue. It is possible that part of a regional trail could run through part of this property, however public access is not currently allowed at the Prairie Ridge Natural Area.