You are here

Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
558.00 ft (170.08 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

The Coyote Ridge Natural Area is located between Fort Collins and Loveland, Colorado. Here you will find wide open vistas of the Front Range foothills and the cities in the surrounding area. The area is open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding, while dogs are not permitted. Make sure to park correctly according to signage, grab a map at the trail kiosk, and get going. The area is full of wildlife including black-tailed prairie dogs, hawks, various smaller bird species, mule deer, magpies, and rattlesnakes. The lower 1-mile section of the trail is a wide dirt road that carries you through an open prairie. The road carries you over a low ridge as it makes it's way to a restroom and a cabin with an overhang. Interpretive/ educational signage can be found around the cabin. Heading up from there you will start climbing and hit a few switchbacks on your way to the top of the ridge. The trail becomes narrower and much more rocky on the last leg as it takes you through shrub-covered hillsides. Reaching the top of the ridge will provide long views of the valley behind and the front range below. Point of interest markers are located at the connection to the Rimrock Trail for your viewing interest. Soak in the scenery for a spell and head back down 2.1 miles to the parking lot when you are ready.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Fall
Spring
Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Close to Fort Collins and Loveland. Wildlife viewing. Mountain biking trail. Hiking trail.

Cons

Completely exposed/limited shade. Rattlesnake potential.

Trailhead Elevation

5,131.00 ft (1,563.93 m)

Highest point

5,689.00 ft (1,734.01 m)

Net Elevation Gain

558.00 ft (170.08 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Family friendly
Wildlife
Shelters
Big vistas
Big Game Watching
Horseback riding
Bird watching
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Horseback
Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment?
Sign In and share them.