Gustav Swanson Natural Area sits just southwest of New Belgium Brewing on Linden Street in Fort Collins, CO. The trail meanders in a loop along the Poudre River. The other side of the river has the Northside Aztlan Community Center and the Northside Skate Park.

There are paved walking trails that take you along the river, and then away from it. It is a short trail at just under a half of a mile, but there are some very nice areas to enjoy nature. Dozens of species of birds are known to visit the area, as are deer, foxes and other wildlife.

Storage units are visible for a short period along the trail.