River's Edge Natural Area Amenities (see MAP)
Regular hours are 6:00 am to 10:30 pm daily.
Restrooms are open seasonally; vault toilets remain open year-round, during regular hours.
The 163-acre natural area is located south of 1st St. and east of Taft Ave. and includes the following amenities:
- 3.8 miles of natural-surface trails for pedestrian use, fishing access, bicycling, and wildlife viewing
- Five ponds, including Bass, Dragonfly, Sandpiper, and Jayhawker North and South, with numerous fishing access points
- Two ADA-accessible fishing docks (Bass and Dragonfly Ponds)
- Wetland boardwalk for a close-up experience at Bass Pond
- Three non-reservable picnic shelters with picnic tables, restrooms & drinking fountain
- Parking - for 44 vehicles, 4 ADA-accessible spaces, and bus drop-off lane
- Amphitheater - with seating for up to 70 for educational programs
- Recreation Trail Access - connections to Recreation Trail along the Big Thompson River
- Interpretive signs & Environmental Education stations throughout the site
Fishing access and belly boat access points are located throughout the site. Fishing is permitted in accordance with site-specific Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing regulations HERE. Float tube fishing is permitted on all River's Edge ponds except Jayhawker North; all other boating and swimming activities are prohibited. River's Edge rules & regulations are available HERE.
Parking is available on-site at 960 W. 1st St. and 970 W. 1st St. Parking is also available at the Thompson School District building at 800 S. Taft Ave, with access via Ryan's Gulch Trail. Walk-in access via Mineral Trail is available at Carlisle Drive entrance, and via the trail at 715 S. Roosevelt (Railroad Ave).
Milkweed for Monarchs Planting Project
The "Milkweed for Monarchs" planting project on May 12, 2018 was a great success! Twenty-five volunteers helped plant 2,500 showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) seeds, to provide habitat for monarch butterflies. The ongoing project is sponsored by the Loveland Initiative for Monarch Butterflies (LIMB). Thank you volunteers!
What is River's Edge Natural Area?
River's Edge Natural Area was purchased by the City in 2011 as part of the former HP/Agilent property acquisition. Proceeds from the City’s Open Lands CEF (Capital Expansion Fee) fund were allocated for the acquisition, designating the site for open space uses only.
In 2013, the HP/Agilent Open Space property was given a new name – River’s Edge Natural Area. More than 150 name suggestions were submitted, with references to local wildlife, plants, history, and people. “River’s Edge Natural Area” was selected based on the natural features and location of the site along the Big Thompson River.
Following the 2013 Big Thompson Flood, funds from a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Flood Recovery Grant, as well as FEMA flood recovery dollars, helped pay for reconstruction of trails, pond access points and wetlands damaged during the flood.
If you need additional information, please call the
Parks & Recreation Administration Office at:
To report maintenance issues, please call the on-call staff at