The City of Greeley's Sheep Draw Trail is getting a new section near the new 71st Avenue bridge.

This is no small feat. It will be 1000 feet long and will connect to the existing trail in McCloskey Natural Area and the 1.25-mile sections at Triple Creek and Mountain Vista Natural Area.

While construction is underway the existing trail will close from the trailhead at 71st Avenue and 12th Street to the Family FunPlex, starting April 29 continuing through May 6. There will be an alternate route along 10th Street, 71st Avenue and 16th Street via the sidewalks.

A map with the trail closures is here.

Construction is nearing completion on the first phase, which includes a spur trail and parking lot connecting to 20th Street.

Completion on the connection to the existing Sheep Draw Trail at the west end of McCloskey Natural Area, which is the second phase of construction is expected to be about 90 days.

"The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Trails Program recently awarded a grant to the City of Greeley that will provide funds to construct a larger trailhead at 71st Avenue. That work will begin in late summer and will include a small picnic area and portable restroom." -The City of Greeley

Karen Scopel, Natural Lands Coordinator, stated, “We have observed and increased use of our community’s trails and are committed to provide additional mileage and amenities to meet this demand while offering quality experience for trail users.”