Recreation Trail through Emerald Glen Natural Area - Wilson Ave. and 43rd St.
The Recreation Trail System is a 22-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).
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).
Rec Trail & Bikeways Map (PDF)
- Foothills Nature Trail (part of Round Mountain National Recreation Trail)
- Summit Adventure Trail (part of Round Mountain National Recreation Trail)
- Kings Crossing Natural Area
- Mariana Butte Trail (Bicycling is NOT permitted)
- Meadowbrook Natural Area
- Morey Wildlife Reserve (Bicycling is NOT permitted)
- Old St. Louis Natural Area
- Oxbow Natural Area
- River's Edge Natural Area
- Devil's Backbone Open Space (a Larimer County resource)
- Coyote Ridge (a City of Fort Collins resource)
Additional Recreation Trail Resources
- General Rules for Use & Operation of Park Lands, Recreation Trails, and Open Spaces
- Electronic Personal Assistance Mobility Devices (EPAMD) in all areas
- Loveland Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
- Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program
- Bike to Work Day
- EPAMD/Goped/Moped Law
- School Zone Safety
The trail is partially handicap accessible from several locations and is designed to accommodate many types of recreation uses.
Be Aware! Wildlife Near the Trails
Trail w/out dogs [PDF]
Trail w/ dogs [PDF]
Parks & Recreation Administration 970.962.2727 Email email@example.com