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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

Adventure Guides

Explore: Wildflower Viewing in Northern Colorado – Part 3

By On September 29, 2015

Well, Fresh Air Fort Collins readers – wildflower season has come to an end. I’ve spent the entire 2015 wildflower season observing bloom patterns at different elevations on different trails all around… 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

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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

Colorado Youth Outdoors

Colorado Youth Outdoors Program Review: something in it for everyone

By On February 17, 2015

My twin teenagers, Jake and Dane, love reading, drawing and building elaborate Lord of the Rings Middle Earth dioramas out of LEGOS in their bedroom. That’s all good stuff, so they often… Read More

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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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Hike: Horsetooth Rock

By On February 6, 2015

I have a confession. In the nine years that I’ve lived in Fort Collins, I’ve never hiked Horsetooth. I have always hated the idea of it. It’s the busiest Open Space in… Read More


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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Fort Collins Lakes: Swimming and Fishing at Pinewood Reservoir

By On July 2, 2014

Pinewood Reservoir might not actually count as one of the Fort Collins Lakes, since it’s actually in the Loveland/Big Thompson area, but it’s still in Larimer County, and that’s good enough for… Read More

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 June Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County Open Spaces

By On May 14, 2014

June calendar for the Larimer County Open Spaces   Guided Hikes and Events Monday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers” Join Larimer County naturalists for a program designed for your 2-5 year… 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

Fort Collins, CO

Westridge Trail Review

By On April 30, 2014

Westridge Trail (Click to see map) is a new trail for me in Lory State Park, I’ve done the same loops many times not venturing off the beaten path, until this past weekend.… 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

Bobcat Ridge
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Best Hiking Trails of Fort Collins: Bobcat Ridge

By On March 19, 2014

One of the best things about Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is how varied it is. Few other places can boast not only foothills views, wooded areas, red rocks, and jutting granite boulder… Read More


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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Photos from the Michaud Lane Fire

By On March 5, 2014

Fire in the dead of winter is, somehow, not that strange a thing in Northern Colorado. We’ve had some surprisingly bad ones in the past, despite the fact that if feels as… Read More