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    Red Mtn/ Soapstone Prairie Grand Opening this Weekend

    The crown jewel of Larimer County Natural Areas is having it's grand opening this weekend June 6-7.

    Lots of questions have been asked about this area and the trails available.

    The trails were all built by Arrowhead Trails Inc. the best trail builder around. Anyone who's visited Bobcat Ridge or Curt Gowdy SP in WY can attest to their trail building qualities. They put in 39 mi of fresh cut trails to supplement the existing dbl track in the area.

    First and foremost though, this is a Natural Area and not a playground. The Area as a whole is only open March to November.The lands were set aside to preserve their unique ecology, archaeology, and history. Off trail travel is prohibited, and large areas are only open for a few months a year. NO DOGS ALLOWED even in your car in the parking lots.

    These are all multi- use trails, and some are designated hiker only, although there are as well "No Horses" trails as well. I don't expect the trails to be as gnar as Curt Gowdy, just given the landscape and geology. It's more akin to DBB/BlueSky/Rim Rock/Coyote Ridge/Lory Valley trails but with about double the elevation gain to play with.

    I expect horses to be the predominant form of user traffic on the trails, so keep up the trail etiquette


    Anyway, here's the Grand Opening schedule.

    The Trail Brochure


    AND a VIDEO that will give more information.



    And with all the recent rains, the prairie will be as green and flower filled as it can get. Go check it out !
    Last edited by onbelaydave; 06-02-2009 at 07:06 AM.

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    Very cool.
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    great access for biking!

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    Cool vid. It's going to be great up there.
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    Extremely cool! Too bad Boulder county can't put together trails like this instead of these 5 mile connectors that we have to kiss arse for. Granted they are nice

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    Wow, this is really cool, I'm looking forward to it! Any ideas as to a fun way to do this, getting the most elevation gain and mileage? I can't find elevation/difficulty info anywhere.
    Any help is much appreciated!

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    Exploring it is half the fun!
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    Any ideas as to a fun way to do this, getting the most elevation gain and mileage? I can't find elevation/difficulty info anywhere.
    Any help is much appreciated!
    Since the area isn't even open yet, I don't think you'll find any more info than is on the Ft. Collins open space natural areas website.

    I did find this good Google Earth MAP , from Colorado Mountain Biking that gives you the contour intervals.

    I've got my loops planned.

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