Pella Crossing

Pella Crossing is closed due to flood damage.

Public Meeting

A public meeting will be held to present proposed plans for rebuilding sections of Pella Crossing Open Space damaged during the September 2013 flood event. 

Staff will present the preliminary plan for fixing breaches between the ponds and restoring the trailhead, trails, and access.

April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Parks & Open Space Building
5201 St Vrain Road, Longmont
Map & Directions

For more information contact Ernst Strenge, Resources Planner, 303-678-6269

Damage Photos

Pella Crossing Flood Damage and Repairs

Pella Crossing Flood Damage and Repairs

Pella Crossing Trailhead Damage

Pella Crossing Trailhead Damage

Car and RV in Dragonfly Pond

Car and RV in Dragonfly Pond

Dam Breech Between Webster Pond and Heron Pond

Dam Breech Between Webster Pond and Heron Pond

Marlatt Trail Damage

Marlatt Trail Damage

Braly Trail Damage

Braly Trail Damage

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Trails

Trails

Braly Trails

2.5 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Easy

Marlatt Trails

1.1 miles
Dogs Allowed Bikes Allowed Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Easy

Picnic Areas

Shelter at Pella Crossing
  • 2 tables and grill and group shelter east of parking lot
  • 3 tables on Marlatt Trails

Restrooms

  • At trailhead and Marlatt Trails

Parking

  • 39 car spots and 2 horse trailer parking spots

Fishing

Bench at Pella Crossing

Keep in Mind

  • Some areas are closed to the public as wildlife refuges
  • Swimming is not allowed

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Plants & Animals

Wetland habitats, nestled within the surrounding Great Plains, support aquatic plant and animal life and serve to lure in large numbers of migrating bird species. With grasses, wildflowers and trees surrounding the wetlands, these areas are biologically diverse both in and out of the water.

Animals

Mammals

  • Beaver
  • Coyote
  • Deer mouse
  • Little brown bat
  • White-tailed deer
  • Muskrat
  • Nuttall's cottontail
  • Raccoon
  • Red fox
  • Rock squirrel
  • Western harvest mouse

Birds

  • American coot
  • American crow
  • American goldfinch
  • American kestrel
  • American widgeon
  • American white pelican
  • Barn swallow
  • Belted kingfisher
  • Black-billed magpie
  • Blue jay
  • Bullock's Oriole
  • Broad-tailed hummingbird
  • Brown-headed cowbird
  • Canada goose
  • Cedar waxwing
  • Common goldeneye
  • Common grackle
  • Common merganser 
  • Common nighthawk
  • Common raven
  • Double-crested cormorant
  • Great blue heron
  • House finch
  • Killdeer
  • Mallard
  • Mourning dove
  • Osprey
  • Pied-billed grebe
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Red-winged blackbird
  • Ring-necked duck
  • Rock dove
  • Snowy egret
  • Song sparrow
  • Swainson's hawk
  • Yellow warbler
  • Western grebe
  • Western kingbird
  • Western meadowlark

Amphibians & Reptiles

  • Chorus frog
  • Western painted turtle
  • Bullsnake
  • Western Plains garter snake

Fish

  • Black crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Channel catfish
  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Tiger muskie
  • Yellow perch

Plants

Coming soon             

 ‭(Hidden)‬ History

From Gravel Mine to Ecosystem

The eastern side of Pella Crossing was opened to the public in 1996 after it was donated to the county by Frontier Materials, Inc. in 1992. The property was an agricultural site before it was mined for gravel from 1975 to 1990.

In 1995 the western property was purchased from Willis and Alberta Marlatt and added to Pella Crossing.

The Name

This spot, called “Laramie Crossing” in 1860s, is where the Overland Trail stagecoach crossed the St. Vrain Creek en route from Denver to Laramie, Wyoming.

Hygiene Elementary 5th graders won a competition to name the donated open space property. They chose the name, Pella Crossing, because the property is the midpoint between 19th century towns Pella and North Pella.


Contacts

Parks & Open Space
303-678-6200

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