River Bluffs Open Space
A small but scenic open space, River Bluffs’ location adjacent to the Poudre River provides ideal habitat for waterfowl and wading birds. Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, and owls call this area home, and Red-tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owls have been found nesting in the park’s cottonwoods. An active Bald Eagle nest can be found about 1/4 mile away on an adjacent property, so keep your eye on the sky! As part of the Poudre River Trail, the path here joins to the larger 21-mile (east to Greeley) system, allowing for endless outdoor explorations and discoveries.
Directions: From I-25: take Exit 262 east for 1.5 miles to County Road 3. Go north on CR 3 for 0.5 miles to CR 32E. Head east on CR 32E for 0.3 miles to the entrance of River Bluffs, on the right.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: A seasonal closure exists here to protect nesting raptors. Access to the Cache la Poudre River downstream of the trailhead parking lot is closed at times; check website for more details. Dogs must be under control and on a leash at all times. Please obey all rules and regulations.
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Loveland or Fort Collins
Handicapped Access: Paved trail