Towhee Loop

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,273ft
Trailhead Elevation6,583ft
Elevation Min/Max6583/6978ft
Elevation Start/End6583/6583ft

Towhee Loop

Towhee Loop is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 6,583 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,273 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mahogany Trail and Lindenmeier Trail.

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"Go on a safari, Colorado- style, at Soapstone Prairie. On any given day, you have a good chance to view pronghorns, coyotes, elk, and—since November 2015—bison. The soundtrack to your hike will undoubtedly be the distinctive, melodious song of the western meadowlark. Expect delays on your way to and at Soapstone Prairie. No, it won’t be due to crowds—this is a great place for solitude compared to Fort Collins’s close-by natural areas—it will be because you will likely stop to take a look at wildlife you might more closely associate with Yellowstone National Park than with the city of Fort Collins. A collaboration among the city, Colorado State University, Larimer County, and the US Department of Agriculture brought the bison back to Soapstone Prairie in 2015. CSU’s Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory helped to midwife genetically pure Yellowstone bison as a way to rid them of a disease called brucellosis. This paved the way for reintroduction, albeit in a fenced area of 1,000 acres." Read more

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Trail Information

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Nearby City
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, (970) 416-2815,
Local Contacts
USGS Round Butte; City of Fort Collins Natural Areas map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018