Gateway Natural Area – Part II

To read Part I, start here.

So a week later, we headed back to the Poudre Canyon and the Gateway Natural Area.  This time we were in search of the reservoir.  It  was overcast for a while, so I thought I’d re-capture some images.  The water was still pretty high from all of the recent rain that we’d gotten.

River running high.

River running high.

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It was a beautiful walk to the reservoir…

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If you remember, the trail on the right is the one that my brother, niece, and I had taken on our last trip.

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From the directions that I had gotten the week prior from other hikers, this was the way to go…

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We’ve decided that Sophia likes to be carried on flat surfaces, but when there’s an incline, she likes to do the hiking.  What a funny girl!

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When we got to the top, we were discouraged.  There was a “no swimming” sign.  We found  a concrete wall and this view:

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Sophia did’t think that was the top.  She kept going and my brother had to chase after her to bring her back down…

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We turned around and headed back to the picnic area.  It was getting pretty warm and the sun was coming out.

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I saw a workman in a truck and asked him about the swimming reservoir.  It appeared that Sophia was on the right trail – literally!   We needed to keep going up, and the reservoir was just on the other side of the mountain.  I guess I will have a Part III to this story sometime in the future.

The following excerpt  is taken from a City of Fort Collins employee who saw these posts:  “There is a sign stating “No swimming near the dam” due to the undertow when the dam gates are open. Swimming is allowed everywhere else at the reservoir at your own risk. The east side of the reservoir is closed for grazing and hunting.”  To see her full comments, see the two comments in the comment section below.

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4 thoughts on “Gateway Natural Area – Part II

  1. Hi Carol,
    Zoe here from City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, the agency that manages Gateway. Thanks for the gorgeous pictures! Do you ever donate your images? I love the ones of the people on the trail and might be able to use them in publications.
    We also noticed in your post that there might be some confusion about swimming. There is not a “swimming reservoir.” People illegally swim in Seaman Reservoir (where you were on post part 2), managed by City of Greeley but swimming is dangerous and not permitted. You can swim at Horsetooth Reservoir at two swim beaches, perhaps that is what the person in the truck was meaning by “the other side of the mountain.”
    You can call the Gateway Ranger Office at 970-407-1106 to learn more.
    Thanks for visiting Gateway Natural Area!
    Zoe

      • Hi Carol,
        Zoe again from Fort Collins Natural Areas. I’m sorry but I gave you incorrect information. Ranger Karl explained, “There is a sign stating “No swimming near the dam” due to the undertow when the dam gates are open. Swimming is allowed everywhere else at the reservoir at your own risk. The east side of the reservoir is closed for grazing and hunting.” I must have misunderstood- please accept my apology.
        You can contact me at zshark@fcgov.com or 970-221-6311.
        Thanks,
        Zoe Shark

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