Coyote Ridge Trail

Coyote Ridge Natural Area, Colorado
Elevation Gain262ft
Trailhead Elevation5,135ft
Elevation Min/Max5132/5310ft
Elevation Start/End5135/5135ft

Coyote Ridge Trail

Coyote Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is within Coyote Ridge Natural Area. It is a mile long and begins at 5,135 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 262 feet. The Coyote Ridge Natural Area Info Board information board is near the trailhead. Near the end of the trail are restrooms.
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"You will enjoy three geological walls of foothills rock formations stretching to the horizon and an enjoyable roller-coaster hike or bike up, along, and over the hogback ridgeline and into a hidden grassy valley. The trail is most often used as an out-and-back, but you can also connect to the Rimrock and Blue Sky Trails for longer adventures. It is a pretty hogback and foothills area worthy of moderate out-and-back trips for novice hiking or intermediate to expert mountain biking." Read more
"Tackle this trail at sunrise or sunset (or moonrise or moonset) to avoid the scorching sun of midday and to increase your chances of seeing wildlife like coyotes and mountain lions. Coyote Ridge is decidedly not a walk in the woods, so plan accordingly and enjoy the open spaces, wildlife, and a rewarding view after you ascend the ridge. Begin by walking due west in the high plains toward the foothills. This is a grassland area dotted with mullein and yucca. You will definitely see prairie dogs and birds, and you’ll have a good chance of eyeing rattlesnakes, coyotes, or mule deer. In a mile reach a cabin (and a pit toilet). The Hidden Clues Trail is a 0.2-mile interpretive trail behind the cabin. The Coyote Ridge Trail is about to start its ascent to the top of the ridge." Read more

Trail Information

Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Nearby City
Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, (970) 416-2815,
Local Contacts
USGS Masonville; Fort Collins Natural Areas map
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