Two historic homesteads and a mysterious teepee ring are among the waypoints on this moderate loop in the Masonville area. The eastern portion of the loop, to the Kitchen/Smith Cabin, is wheelchair-accessible. Two very different types of “homesteads” are on display at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. You’ll find the familiar log cabins, barns, and sheds associated with late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century attempts to work the land. There are old ranch structures near the trailhead, and out along the loop as well.
On the other hand, there’s a (probable) Ute teepee ring in the golden grasses above the cabins. The Utes didn’t stay in any single place for very long, moving with the seasons and the elk (and according to the necessities of never-ending wars with other tribes), but some of them apparently liked this place well enough to set up a nice teepee ring, with over one hundred stones. Possibly this was a lookout point.
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.6