Long View Trail is a joint project between the City of Loveland, the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to create a regional trail from Sunset Vista Natural Area in Loveland to Cathy Fromme Natural Area in Fort Collins.
Long View Trail Location
871 W 57th St
Loveland, CO 80538
(NE corner of Taft Ave & 57th St)
The Long View Trail begins at 57th St. and Taft Ave. and is part of the 26-mile paved recreation trail in Loveland.
The 4.4-mile long, 10-foot wide Long View Trail runs along the east side of North Taft Avenue in Loveland and South Shields Street in Fort Collins and provides a safe, detached, non-motorized alternative to traveling between the two cities.
View the Loveland Recreation Trail map (PDF)
View the Long View Trail map (PDF)
Areas of Travel
The Long View Trail passes through one City of Loveland natural area (Sunset Vista), three City of Fort Collins natural areas (Colina Mariposa, Hazaleus and Cathy Fromme Prairie) and one Larimer County open space (Long View Open Space). The five public spaces, consisting of protected agricultural lands and wildlife habitat, offer trail users sweeping views of the foothills and mountains.
On the south end, the trail ties into the Loveland Recreation Trail at Sunset Vista Natural Area on the corner of 57th St. and north Taft Ave.
On the north end, the trail ties into a sidewalk and underpass leading into Fort Collins’ Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area and existing Fossil Creek Trail.
The total mileage of the Long View Trail is 4.4 miles and the trail spans through four regional natural areas/open lands in Fort Collins, Larimer County and Loveland.
Grants covered almost half the cost of construction thanks to a $1 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grant as well as a Great Outdoors Colorado's (GOCO) Paths to Parks Initiative grant for $999,550.
Loveland’s share of the project is budgeted at $1.6 million and includes street and crosswalk improvements on 57th Street, a parking lot, one mile of paved recreation trail, three bridges and wetlands restoration.
Copper Ridge Trail Connection
The only remaining portion of trail to be completed in this area is Copper Ridge (the dotted purple line in the image below).
We understand the importance of this missing segment of trail for Loveland and have been working for the last several years to make this trail connection a reality. Currently, the land needed for this missing trail connection is privately owned and part of a planned development which will include the trail corridor.
The timing of the trail connection is dependent on the developer. Staff meet regularly with the developer to keep this critical trail connection moving forward.
Update 6.1.20 - We plan to complete this missing section of trail along 57th this year pending final approvals from the BNSF Railroad this year. This section of trail has been one of the most challenging for the City to complete due to landownership, City vs County ROW, Utilities, Railroad Approvals, etc... but we are in the final stretch to making the connection. Stay tuned - we hope to have it completed soon.
Update 4.30.19 - Design is complete for the section at Sunset Vista Natural Area, and we have begun the process of permitting with the BNSF Railroad. Staff have worked with the Copper Ridge Development through the City's development review process to secure the last stretch of missing trail connection.
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More Trail Info
- Gov. Hickenlooper signs HB 18-1400 at Sunset Vista
- Blog - Taft & 57th Update
- Blog - Bike Loop Near Sunset Vista
- Long View Trail story map, courtesy of Larimer County Department of Health and Environment
Questions about Long View Trail? Contact Marilyn Hilgenberg, Open Lands & Trails Manager