Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Property: Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Priority Area: Fort Collins / Loveland Corridor (map)
Size: 839.3 acres

photo of Coyote Ridge

Wildlife habitat is
protected at Coyote Ridge.

photo of Coyote Ridge

The Coyote Ridge trail offers
real opportunities for recreation
close to Fort Collins.

(Photos by Dan Schmeh)


Coyote Ridge Natural Area is open to the public and is an example of a transition zone between grasslands and montane forests sometimes called montane shrublands. This property is located between Loveland and Fort Collins approximately 1 mile south of the Larimer County Landfill on the west side of County Road 19 (Taft Hill Road from Fort Collins - Wilson Street from Loveland).

Management Summary

  Yes No Comments
Permit Required *  
Trail Map
*   Easy to moderate. The trail is 3 miles roundtrip and is unpaved. It starts flat and climbs several foothills/hogbacks, eventually joining with the 4 mile roundtrip trail on the Rimrock Open Space of Larimer County Parks & Open Lands for a total of 7 miles roundtrip.
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horses
Restrooms *   Located one mile from the trailhead at the Cabin.
Drinking fountains *   Located one mile from the trailhead at the Cabin.
Dogs allowed   *  

Management Plan

Coyote Ridge Natural Area is managed by the City of Fort Collins.

Property Information

Type of Acquisition #Acres Property
Bargain Sales
Fee Simple 84.3 $ 278,500 Larimer Co. - $ 92,833
Fort Collins - $ 185,666
1997 Yes
Fee Simple 315 $ 693,000 Larimer Co. - $ 346,500
Fort Collins - $ 346,500
1995 Yes
Fee Simple 440 $ 924,000 Larimer Co. - $ 100,000
Fort Collins - $ 824,000
1994 Yes
Background Image: Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson. All rights reserved.