This property remains closed until the management plan is complete. No public access is currently allowed. Please observe the site from public roads.
Management Plan Process
The Skyline Natural Area Open House was held on May 6, 2019. The information below was presented for public input. Comments were accepted until May 31, 2019. Comments will be summarized and considered in the development of the draft management plan. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the public input process.
- Regional Context
- Existing Conditions Map
- Site Photos
- Site Character & Management Goals
- Site Plan
- Trail Use Options
- Questions / Comments
The three parcels that make up this 166-acre property on the west side of Loveland were acquired in 2015 and 2016. The site is located north of Hwy 34 and west of Morning Drive and includes the ridge where the Winter Holiday Council's Namaqua Star is located (see MAP).
The public was invited to help name the site, resulting in more than 120 unique name suggestions. The name Skyline Natural Area was selected by the Open Lands Advisory Commission and staff based on the 360-degree skyline views from the top of the ridge.
The natural area provides potential habitat for mule deer, bobcat, coyote, red and gray fox, elk, mountain lion, and black bear. The property also provides habitat for many species of small mammals, birds of prey such as prairie falcons and golden eagles, and numerous species of songbirds. A resource management plan is underway to evaluate current conditions and determine appropriate management and public-access goals. Future uses may include soft-surface trails, potentially connecting to Meadowbrook Natural Area in the future.
Click on the map below for a full-size PDF map.