Migratory Bird Nesting Season Underway in Loveland
Each year, beginning in mid-March and ending in late summer, our public spaces (including parks, open lands and the recreation trail) play host to many species of migratory nesting birds. The City has identified known nesting sites in public spaces with signage.
Bicyclists, walkers, and joggers are encouraged to temporarily avoid nesting areas. Any intrusion into the nesting area may cause the birds to take flight, leaving their nests vulnerable. The eggs themselves may be harmed and not hatch if left exposed to the hot summer sun for as little as five minutes.
Most birds in Colorado are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The MBTA makes it unlawful for anyone to pursue, hunt, take, capture, or kill migratory birds or destroy nests or eggs.
The Parks and Recreation Department asks that the public protect nesting birds and allow them to reproduce and flourish in our City. Please be respectful of the birds at all posted sites.
For additional information and resources, please contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Recreation Trail System
The Recreation Trail System is a 19-mile paved loop trail nearly encircling Loveland. The trail runs through beautiful areas on the west side of town near Wilson Avenue, east along the Big Thompson River corridor, over and under city streets, along irrigation canals, through fields, and north along the west shore of Boyd Lake State Park, then back to the west through prairies and wetlands. The entire trail is open from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm daily.
Quarter-mile markers are located along a large portion of the trail to measure distance traveled. These markers begin counting near Wilson Avenue and continue east and around to the Hwy 287 North underpass (near 57th Street).
Approximately 20 miles of paved urban trail are planned with the ultimate goal of developing a network of trails that will connect neighborhoods throughout the city.
There may be some dates & times for which the recreational trail will have very heavy use or experience temporary closures. During inclement weather or flooding conditions, there may also be closures or delays in clearing the recreational trail for use. When there are major impacts to the recreation trail that we are aware of, we will post them here for more information.
Recreation Trail Map
The Recreation Trail & Bikeways Map shows the Recreation Trail, bike lanes, bike routes, privately maintained trails, regional soft surface trails, parks, cemeteries, golf courses, open lands, public lands, and outlines the Loveland City Limits. We hope that it will be helpful for residents and visitors to the area.
Maps are available to pick up at numerous locations around the city, including the Loveland Visitor's Center, Boyd Lake State Park, Chilson Recreation Center, various Loveland bicycle shops, or at the Parks & Recreation administrative office (500 E. Third St., Suite 200).
Printable maps here:
First Paved Trail Connecting Loveland, Fort Collins Now Open
LOVELAND, November 14, 2017– The first paved trail connecting Loveland and Fort Collins and each city’s extensive trail network is now open to the public. Today, elected officials and staff from Larimer County, City of Loveland and City of Fort Collins gathered at a section of the new trail south of Carpenter Road to cut the ribbon and welcome people to the new trail. After the ribbon cutting, several of them hopped on bikes for a tour of the 2-mile, multi-use trail“This is a great project that highlights how Fort Collins, Larimer County and Loveland have worked together to provide great recreational opportunities for citizens,” Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly said. The Colorado Front Range Trail - Loveland to Fort Collins Connection runs between Lemay Avenue and Timberline Road on the east side of the cities. From south to north, it extends from Loveland’s Recreation Trail just west of Boyd Lake State Park to the City of Fort Collins’ Fossil Creek Trail at Carpenter Road.
A partnership among Larimer County, Loveland and Fort Collins will manage the $1.2 million trail. By using this new trail connection, people can go from the 35 miles of paved trails in Fort Collins’ system to the 18 miles of trails in Loveland’s system without hopping off their bikes or getting in a vehicle. The trail is open to foot traffic and non-motorized bicycles. The two cities first conceived of the idea for the trail in 2002, identifying it as a possible segment of the larger Front Range Trail system, which will extend from New Mexico to Wyoming. The Colorado Front Range Trail - Loveland to Fort Collins Connection remains a potential segment of this larger, statewide trail system, depending on that trail system’s final alignment. “Loveland is thrilled to be expanding our northern connection of the Colorado Front Range Trail,” said Marilyn Hilgenberg, Open Lands and Trails Manager with the City of Loveland. “The synergy of this collaborative trail is a win for all of our communities.”
Grants of $450,000 from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and $350,000 from Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s State Trails Program covered two-thirds of the trail’s cost. The cities and county made up the difference based on the proportional costs of trail construction within each jurisdiction. The homeowners’ associations and other entities that granted easements for the trail also made construction possible. “We are very excited to participate in this project. This trail contributes a critical segment of a regional trail network that will someday connect all of northern Colorado, and eventually the entire state,” said Suzanne Bassinger, with City of Forts Collins Park Planning & Development. “We look forward to continuing these partnerships and expanding the world-class trail experiences available to our citizens, our neighbors and our visitors to the area. Our thanks go to Larimer County for leading this project.”
The Colorado Front Range Trail - Loveland to Fort Collins Connection is one of two paved trails that will link the trail networks in Loveland and Fort Collins. A second trail – the 4.4-mile Long View Corridor Trail – will be located on the west side of the cities, running along the east side of North Taft Avenue in Loveland and South Shields Street in Fort Collins. It is expected to break ground in the fall of 2017 and will provide a second safe, non-motorized alternative to traveling between the two cities.
To learn more about these paved trails, visit www.larimer.org/openlands/regional-paved-trails.htm.
New trail connects to Mariana Butte
LOVELAND, July 7, 2017 – Volunteers from the Colorado Addicted Trailbuilders Society (CATS) have completed a new natural-surface trail connection called the “Hidden Hogback Trail” which allows public access to the north of Mariana Butte, along the hogback and along the Big Thompson River to Rossum Drive. This new trail offers the community a unique experience and incredible views of the Mariana Butte Golf Course and surrounding area.
The Mariana Butte Trail System, including the new Hidden Hogback trail, was constructed over the last two years and provides over 1.25 miles of natural-surface hiking trails with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and panoramic views. The trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset. To best preserve the landscape, hiking is limited to the established trail and bicycles are prohibited. Parking, restrooms and concessions are available at the Mariana Butte Clubhouse. More information: www.cityofloveland.org/OpenLands
The new sustainable trails have been constructed 100% by volunteers. The Colorado Addicted Trailbuilders Society (CATS) Loveland/Fort Collins Chapter is a non-profit organization dedicated to trail construction in Northern Colorado. These volunteers provide quality work at public sites at no cost. CATS welcomes new volunteers and will provide applicable training. More information: http://trailcats.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A community ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hidden Hogback Trail was held on July 20.
Summer/Fall Update 2017 -
There has been a great deal of exciting activity on Loveland’s Trails in 2017.
Front Range Trail (North) –
Long View Trail at Sunset Vista Natural Area -
Rossum Drive Connection -
Rules & Regulations
The trail is partially handicap accessible from several locations and is designed to accommodate many types of recreation uses.
Additional Recreation Trail Resources
- Loveland Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
- "Safe Routes to School" (SRTS) Program
- "BIKE TO WORK DAY" Information
- EPAMD/Goped/Moped Law
- School Zone Safety [PDF]
Bicycle Ambassadors Roll Out EducationThe City of Loveland has a cadre of Bicycle Ambassadors who are trained and equipped to share rules of the road, trail etiquette, route finding and basic bike maintenance with others who are interested in riding more. The Bicycle Ambassador Program is part of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coalition (BPEC) which works to get more people walking and riding, and fewer people experiencing related injuries.
Bicycle Ambassadors tailor educational messaging to children, teens, college-age students, families, adults in the workplace, seniors and motorists through:
- One-hour presentations
- Bike skill/safety rodeos
- Community events
- Neighborhood Open Garage events
- Community patrol.
To learn more about the Bicycle Ambassador Program, volunteer as an ambassador, or request a presentation, bike rodeo or BPEC presence at an event:
- visit www.bicycleambassadorprogram.org
- email: email@example.com
ADDITIONAL RECREATION TRAILSMaintained by the Parks & Recreation Department:
- Round Mountain National Recreation Trail, comprised of the following two portions of trail which are also partially maintained by the Loveland Mountain Club:
- Loveland Open Lands/Natural Areas:
Maintained by Other Agencies:
- Devil's Backbone Open Space (a Larimer County resource)
- Coyote Ridge (a City of Ft. Collins resource)
Be Aware! Wildlife Near the Trails
Trail w/out dogs [PDF]
Trail w/ dogs [PDF]
Parks & Recreation Administration 970.962.2727 Email firstname.lastname@example.org