Monthly TRAIL CONDITIONS report – May 2018

  • Spring in Colorado - - - spring runoff is unpredictable.  Be alert for barricades should flooding require temporary closure. 

  • Construction zone at mile marker W-2, east of WCR 17 in Windsor.  Trail users will leave the concrete trail and follow a temporary packed crushed asphalt path.  Bike riders report adequate surface, however caution is advised.  The concrete path will be realigned at the conclusion of the construction project.   

  • Highway 257 crossing.  Trail users are reminded that caution should be used at all road crossings, with high alert at this high speed highway. 

  • The area around the Kodak Bridge, between mile markers W-8 & W-8.75, contain two detours where trail users will leave the concrete path for a short distance, detouring around flood damaged sections.  The temporary detours may be soft and muddy.  Please use caution.  Dismounting is recommended.  Both areas have been studied for realignment.  Check back for updates.   

  • Repair update - In the area of mile marker W-12.25, just east of the red barn (71st Ave) the trail has been repaired and is open.  Enjoy. 

  • Repair update - The trail around mile marker W-15, north of the dog park, has been realigned.  The trail is now open. 

For non-emergency situations or if you see something on the trail that needs attention, call or e-mail the trail office at 970-336-4044;, and leave a message with the information.  It is also helpful if you would leave your contact information should the Trail Manager need clarification. 


General Conditions of the trail

  • The trail is paved the entire length. The grades on the trail are mild with only a few small hills.
  • There are multiple places to access the trail. Please only access the trail from safe designated access points. Do not cross private property to get to the trail. Park your car in designated parking areas.
  • The trail has long stretches without road intersections, but where it does cross streets or highways please use caution, especially with children and pets.
  • Restrooms and drinking water are available at Island Grove Park, Eastman Park and at the River Bluffs Open Space trailhead in Larimer County
  • Portable toilets are located at every parking lot along the trail, see the Interactive Trail Map for exact locations.
  • Bring a cell phone in case of emergencies. For major emergencies call 911. Granite trail markers are located every 1/4 mile along the trail. Use these to inform emergency responders of your location.
  • Click to read more about our Trail Locator System.
  • Maintenance Vehicles and Crews may be present on the trail, especially in the spring and summer in order to keep the trail looking great. Maintenance equipment makes it difficult sometimes for crews to always notice trail users. Please take caution when passing them.
  • Flooding may occur along the river during the early summer season and during rain storms. The trail may be closed during these times.
  • The trail is not maintained during the winter. Icy and snowy conditions may exist, especially in shady areas. Travel at your own risk.
  • Come prepared. Plan ahead and bring appropriate clothing, wear comfortable shoes, and bring plenty of drinking water.
  • During the summer season, the trail experiences temperatures over 100 degrees at times. Plan accordingly, and avoid travelling on the trail during the middle of the day if possible. Hats, sun-screen and bug-spray are suggested.
  • Wildlife may be present on the trail, including deer, foxes, snakes, birds-of-prey, raccoons, porcupines, wild turkeys, etc. Stay a safe distance from all wildlife. Keeps pets and children close to you.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Please respect wildlife and other trail users by being a responsible dog owner and picking up after your pup.
  • Many sections of the trail are remote and away from roadways. Only venture in as far as you can venture back.
  • For non-emergency situations or if you see something on the trail that needs attention, call the trail office at 970-336-4044. Leave a message with the information. Please leave your name and contact information if the trail management needs clarification about the issue.