Arapaho Bend Natural Area – Dog Hiking
Arapaho Bend is a scenic gateway into Fort Collins with many natural features to enjoy! It is a popular spot for fishing, dog walking and horse riding. Dog walking enthusiast will enjoy about two miles of natural surface trails that follow the edge of the ponds in a loop.
There are 80 species of birds that use the habitat including American white pelicans, prairie falcons, and cormorants. Also, keep your eyes out for rabbits, squirrels, beavers, coyotes, foxes and deer. The ponds are home to bass, bluegill, yellow perch, and sunfish.
Arapaho Bend Natural Area is close to I-25 yet provides a relaxing environment in which you and your dog can enjoy a walk, while taking in the beautiful views of the mountains and abundant wildlife. Be sure to bring bug spray in the summer.
There are no use fees to enjoy this area. Please remember to bring plenty of fresh water and food for you and your dog. For your dog’s safety, keep your leash short with a direct line-of-sight to upcoming terrain.
There are three parking lots, one at the east end of Horsetooth Road, one on Strauss Cabin Road between Horsetooth and Harmony, and one at the Harmony Transportation Center. Horse trailer parking is available (no designated spot) at the Harmony Transportation Center, the other parking lots are too small.