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The Basics

jt-clearThe Gateway Natural Area is open all year.

jt-checkIt is open to hiking. Dogs are Welcome.

jt-xIt is closed to mountain biking and horseback riding.

jt-clearThere is a fee of $7 to park in the Gateway Natural Area.

jt-moderateThere is about 1.5 miles of easy trails.

Trail Photos

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The Gateway Natural Area has two easy and short trails that provide some exceptional views of the Poudre Canyon.

While the trails are scenic, the fishing, floating the river, and picnicking are what really draw people to this Natural Area and it can get crowded here in the summer when people like to come and play in the river.

For a second opinion, check out what our friend Roger Ludwig has to say about the Gateway Natural Area on his website Away From the Grind. I stuck mostly to the two short trails while Roger explored much more extensively.

If you want some scenic views, don’t feel like traveling far into Poudre Canyon, and don’t mind the entrance fee, these are definitely trails to consider.


If you are looking for a guide to take with you to the Gateway Natural Area:


View along Black Powder Trail.

The trails range in elevation from 5,400 to 5,800 feet.

jt-easy Overlook Trail (0.3 Miles)

jt-easy Black Powder Trail (0.7 Miles)

jt-easy Black Powder Spur (500 Feet)


Travel north from Fort Collins (or south from Laramie) on Highway 287, then head west on Colorado Highway 14. Continue on Colorado Highway 14 for about 5.5 miles. The entrance to the Gateway Natural Area will be on the north side of the Highway. The parking area at the Overlook Trailhead is past most of the picnic sites.

Select the Google Map tab next to the Just Trails Map tab at the top of the page to see a directions map.

You can help other people explore by leaving some comments about the Gateway Natural Area below.

Parking Area

Overlook Trail Trailhead


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  1. gj |

    Fee is now $7 and is charged year round.

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