Two Ponds National Refuge Trail

photo: THE TRAIL ALONG THE FARMERS HIGH LINE CANAL, WHICH DIVIDES THE REFUGE INTO ITS TWO MAJOR AREAS Type: Nature Trail
Length: 1.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: In NW Denver, refuge trail system near 80th Ave & Wadsworth Blvd.
States: Colorado
Counties: Jefferson
Latitude: 39.84018   Longitude: -105.10928

Arvada, Colorado, northwest part of Denver Metropolitan Area

Description

The Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge trail offers two distinct areas to enjoy. the trail forms two loops in the environmental Education Area where ponds and fruito-bearing trees left behind by homesteaders attract wildlife. In the Prairie Management area the trail makes a big loop with one trail through the middle, where hikers can imagine what it must have been like for settlers crossing the vast prairies.


Hikers can view a native shorto-grass prairie restoration effort in progress in the Prairie Management Area, and can enjoy maginficent views of the distant rock Mountains from many points. Work is currently underway to connect the environmental Education Area trail with the Prairie Management area trail via two footbridges over the Croke and High Line Canals, which provide irrigation water for agricultural use. The bridges are being funded through a State Trails Program grant and a federal Challenge Cost-Share grant, with assistance from the Two Ponds Preservation foundation. Installation is expected to be complete by summer 2005. The addition of the bridges will also connect the Two Ponds NWR trail with the High Line Canal Trail.
This trail has been a collaborative effort, receiving support from Great Outdoors Colorado, Two Ponds Preservation Foundation, City of Arvada, and construction labor provided by the Mile High Youth corps.


This trail serves an urban population and provides an opportunity to observe wild animals in their natural habitats, and provides a glimpls of what the refuge system has to offer. The trail is heavily used for environmental education programs for all kinds of organizations including many school groups. A partnership with the Colorado Wilodlife Federation provides assistance with educational programs.


The Prairie Management area trail is improved with a crusher fines surface, while the Environmental Education Area trail is primarily mowed grass with a small area of crusher fines surface. while a portion of this trail is accessible, most of the slopes on the trail system are too severe for accessibility.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 5,400
Elevation High Point: 5,600
Year Designated: 2005

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Two Ponds NWR
Website: Two Ponds Preservation Foundation

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Vic Elam
USFWS
Rocky Mtn. Arsenal NWR
7200 Quebec St., Bldg. 121
Commerce City , CO 80022
(303) 289-0232
rockymountainarsenal@fws.gov
http://twoponds.fws.gov

 

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