North Shields Ponds Trails, North Shields Ponds Natural Area

Laporte, Colorado 80535

North Shields Ponds Trails, North Shields Ponds Natural Area

North Shields Ponds Trails, North Shields Ponds Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Walk around these neighborhood ponds and along the Poudre River while taking in views of the mountains to the west and the watershed restoration efforts conducted here in 2014–2015.
The North Shields neighborhood still has the feel of the rural area it once was. There’s a good chance you’ll see people fishing when you arrive, and as you hike around the north side of the ponds, suburban homes give way to ranchettes where horse pastures abut the trail.

Begin a counterclockwise loop by walking along the edge of North Shields Street to gain the north side of the eastern pond. You’ll be hiking on a dirt road with the pond to your south and neighborhood homes and access trails to your north. The pond is choked with cattails, so look for water-loving birds, such as red-winged blackbirds. Soon you’ll come to the end of the first little pond—you could circumnavigate it by taking a left to continue around it."

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Trail Information

Laporte
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
45 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, (970) 416-2815, fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/nshieldspond
Local Contacts
USGS Fort Collins; City of Fort Collins Natural Areas map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018