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Two Ponds National Refuge Trail

Location In NW Denver, refuge trail system near 80th Ave & Wadsworth Blvd.
State(s) Colorado
Counties Jefferson
Type Nature Trail
Length 1.50 Miles / 2.41 Km 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

 

 

Description

photo: THE TRAIL ALONG THE FARMERS HIGH LINE CANAL, WHICH DIVIDES THE REFUGE INTO ITS TWO MAJOR AREAS
THE TRAIL ALONG THE FARMERS HIGH LINE CANAL, WHICH DIVIDES THE REFUGE INTO ITS TWO MAJOR AREAS

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 h (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information


Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Directions

Arvada, Colorado, northwest part of Denver Metropolitan Area

 

Additional Information

Width: 36 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 2%

Elevation Low Point: 5400

Elevation High Point: 5600

Year Designated: 2005

Date Last Updated: 02/21/2013

 

Contact Information

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

 

Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Two Ponds NWR Website View/Download
Two Ponds Preservation Foundation Website View/Download

 

 

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