Cottonwood Loop, Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This is a great place to be a student of nature. Enjoy edge habitats of grasslands, cottonwoods, and the Poudre River. Listen and look for birds and enjoy walking over a suspension footbridge. Among the trails in town, the CSU Environmental Learning Center Trails offer up a nice variety of features, including a suspension footbridge, deciduous trees, a riverside portion of trail, and the opportunity for a quick side trip to a raptor rehabilitation center, which was closed at least temporarily due to avian flu in 2015.
From the parking lot, begin by hopping on the paved Poudre River Trail for about 50 feet—or better yet, ride to the trailhead and lock up (bikes aren’t allowed on CSU ELC trails). The footpath parts from the paved trail, takes you across a suspension footbridge (this is not the Poudre River), and drops you off at the beginning of this loop."