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Arapaho Bend Natural Area

Explore: Arapaho Bend Natural Area

By On May 11, 2016

There are times I feel like I’m chained to my laptop, hunkered down in my basement office, typing away on writing deadlines. I do get out on the trail quite often, but… Read More

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
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Explore: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

By On April 18, 2016

If you drive north on I-25 toward Wyoming, past farms and ranches stretching as far as the eye can see, beyond the Pronghorn grazing in the distance, on winding dirt roads that… Read More

Soapstone Prairie Bison
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Bison at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

By On October 29, 2015

A little over a year ago Northern Colorado celebrated the historical re-introduction of the Black-Footed Ferret, once labeled the most endangered mammal in North America. A crowd of outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts… Read More

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Explore: Coyote Ridge Natural Area

By On May 5, 2015

A photo posted by Kristin Mastre (@freshairfortcollins) on Apr 10, 2015 at 9:44pm PDT   Fort Collins has a lot going for it in the way of outdoor recreation. Not only do… Read More

Wild Flowers Part 1
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Explore: Wildflower Viewing in Northern Colorado – Part 1

By On April 23, 2015

Colorado wildflower viewing is one of the most beautiful aspects of trail time in the Rocky Mountains. Chances are when you see a Colorado postcard, it’s going to feature a photo of… Read More

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Volunteer: Donating Time, Fixing Trails, And Breaking Records

By On February 27, 2015

  Last November I wrote about outdoor volunteering opportunities in Northern Colorado. It was a pretty large list of options and ultimately inspired me to adopt Eagle View Natural Area to clean… Read More

bobcat ridge
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Weekend Adventure Report

By On February 17, 2015

7 days off for a break, 6 days of straight hiking, 36+ miles logged, and each day a new area explored. So, this isn’t really the Weekend Adventure Report, but more like… Read More

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Eagle Viewing: Fossil Creek Reservoir

By On January 15, 2015

Earlier last summer I did a solo hike around Barnes Meadow Reservoir in Upper Poudre Canyon. As I was walking around the shoreline I noticed a Bald Eagle feather on the ground.… Read More

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Adopted: Eagle View Natural Area

By On December 18, 2014

Have you lived in a city that creates and manages as many Natural Areas as Fort Collins does? Thinking back to all of the places I’ve lived, there have been parks for… Read More

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Weekend Adventure Report

By On October 27, 2014

A photo posted by Kristin Mastre (@freshairfortcollins) on Oct 10, 2014 at 5:11pm PDT   Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance… Read More

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Weekend Adventure Report

By On September 15, 2014

Sometimes it’s surprising to me to find recreational places that are relatively close to Fort Collins with very few people using them. Red Mountain Open Space is one of those areas. I… Read More

Area

Black-Footed Ferrets at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

By On September 5, 2014

One of the most appealing aspects of being in the Colorado outdoors is the wildlife viewing potential. I always keep my eyes out for Bighorn Sheep in Big Thompson Canyon, Elk in… Read More

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McMurry Natural Area Has Re-Opened

By On May 2, 2014

Do you recognize this place? Probably not, though I’m sure you’ve been here before.  This is the newly restored McMurry Natural Area. Looks better, no? You may not have even noticed that McMurry has… Read More

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Parks of Fort Collins: Soft Gold

By On April 8, 2014

Tucked away on the North side of town, Soft Gold Park has a surprising amount to offer families with kids and pets.  Since I have only one of those two things and… Read More

Announcements

Restoring the Poudre River: Demolition of the Josh Ames Dam in TIMELAPSE!

By On March 14, 2014

That’s right, the City put together a time lapse video of the destruction of the Josh Ames Diversion Dam and set it to sexy techno music. The music might be too sexy… Read More

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Poudre River Downtown Project Open House is February 27th

By On February 21, 2014

The public is invited to review the Preliminary Master Plan for the Cache la Poudre River corridor from Shields Street to Mulberry Street. Participants can review and give input on concepts for… Read More