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Map of the Colorado Front Range Trail

The Colorado Front Range Trail, or CFRT, is a project of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Much of the trail is still in the "proposed" stage, but many sections currently exist along the cities and communities of what is called the "Front Range" area to the east of the Rocky Mountains in the high prairie of Colorado.

The concept of the trail is to create a multi-purpose recreational paved and unpaved system of trails that run all the way through Colorado from the border with Wyoming in the north to the border with New Mexico in the south. The idea is for the trail to connect the 15 major cities and travel through the 14 counties along the Front Range. It is also the goal to connect designated Open Spaces, smaller communities, parks, historic sites and to preserve areas with especially scenic landscapes.

Sign for the Front Range Trail in Colorado

Many sections of this proposed trail are currently in existence. Per their website, over 270 miles of the CFRT have been completed which about 1/3 of the proposed corridor. The trail is more a system of trails, with some diversions and sections where the trail branches to run along the sections in the east and in the west simultaneously.

Colorado Front Range Trail website:
cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/TrailsCFRT.aspx

The CFRT website has a number of maps available showing the sections of existing CFRT sections. These maps are not contiguous and there are many stretches of the proposed trail that do not have maps available.


Existing Recreational Trails for the Colorado Front Range Trail

The map to the left displays the existing trails that are associated with the Colorado Front Range trail system.

As you can see, the system has been constructed in the major urban areas of Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.

See a larger map of the CFRT


Colorado Parks & Wildlife: Index for Maps of the Colorado Front Range Trail

See the CFRT map for the North Section

See the CFRT map for the Middle Section

See the CFRT map for the South Section


Larimer County

Poudre Trail in Fort Collins

The existing route of the CFRT follows the Poudre Trail from the north side of the City of Fort Collins, through the downtown area then on to the south east. Per the map, the trail splits in two just north of Prospect Street and east of Timberline Road.The western section follows the Powerline Trail down to Horsetooth Road. The eastern section remains on the Poudre Trail to the Environmental Learning Center

The west branch of the proposed CFRT will come down from Fort Collins and hook up with the existing recreational trail that follows along the western shore of Boyd Lake in Boyd Lake State Park in east Loveland. From here the existing trail uses the City of Loveland's recreational trail system that follows the canal through the center of town and then follows along the Big Thompson River. The proposed CFRT leaves the Big Thomson around Dotsero Street and heads south by Ryan Gulch Reservoir then heads down to Lone Tree Reservoir and beyond.

See the CFRT Map #7: Fort Collins

See the CFRT Map #11: Loveland

Go to our Fort Collins map page

Go to our Loveland map page


Weld County

Poudre River Trail in Weld County

The east branch of the propsed CFRT will connect the existing Poudre Trail in Fort Collins with the Poudre River Trail that currently runs from Windsor to Greeley. This proposed section will require an overpass or underpass to get across Interstate 25. The Poudre River Trail is currently 21 miles long, runs from River Bluffs Open Space just southeast of Timnath, runs through Windsor, and stops on the east end at Island Grove Park in east Greeley. The proposed CFRT trail will continue traveling southeast along the Poudre River to the confluence with the South Platte near the town of Kersey. At this point the proposed trail will travel along the South Platte River and then along the St. Vrain River through what is now very rural areas.

Once the proposed CFRT approaches Firestone it splits into two trails. The easterly trail follows the existing Firestone Trail through the communities of Firestone, Frederick and Dacono.  After Dacon the proposed trail heads eastward to the City of Fort Lupton back to the South Platte River then heads south to northern Adams County.

The proposed western branch follows along the St. Vrain River and heads over to St. Vrain State Park just west of Interstate 25 and northeast of Longmont.

See the CFRT Map #8: Fort Collins, Timnath, Windsor

See the CFRT Map #9: Windsor, Greeley

See the CFRT Map #10: Greeley

See the CFRT Map #17: Firestone, Frederick, St Vrain State Park

Go to our Poudre River Trail map page

Go to our Firestone, Frederick and Dacono map page

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