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      Arapaho Bend is a scenic entryway into Fort Collins with natural and cultural features to enjoy It is a popular fishing spot and is often visited by equestrians. You may see or hear some of the over 80 species of birds that use the habitat here including American white pelicans, prairie falcons, and cormorants. Visitors also may see mammals such as rabbits, squirrels, beavers, coyotes, foxes and deer. Anglers may catch bass, bluegill, yellow perch, or sunfish in the ponds reclaimed from previous gravel mining. View more fishing details.

      Come see the ruins of the historic Strauss Cabin, one of the earliest log cabins in the area. The cabin was restored in 1997 and burned by arsonists in 1999. The cabin ruins were closed to the public from 1999-2012. The Natural Areas Department acquired the property from Larimer County and cleaned up the site with the help of volunteers. The pedestrian access bridge has been repaired. Please visit with respect.

      While this site brings with it the hum of traffic on adjacent I-25, it provides opportunities for relaxing recreation with impressive views of the mountains and a glimpse into Fort Collins past.
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Jul 20, 2023


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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails Horse
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      4 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      312 ft
      Total Vertical
      23 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      4,872 ft
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      Popular Arapaho Bend Natural Area Trails

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

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      Past Week
      • 4 rides

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

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      BzomertrailRigden Reservoir LoopBasic loop around the reservoir to get in some...
      Oct 7, 2023 @ 7:26am
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      Activity Type Stats

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      Mountain Bike54 miles312 ft23 ft
      Horse21 mile3 ft
      Hike54 miles312 ft23 ft
      Trail Running54 miles312 ft23 ft
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