If you were on the Riverfront Trail this weekend,  you might have seen the remnants of a previously standing tree on the trail.

Recently, I featured a pictorial of the east section of the Clifton Nature Park on the Riverfront Trail. It's a great place to go for a walk, a run, or a ride

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Tree Down On the Trail

This past weekend I was doing a run on the trail when I noticed something strange in the distance. As I got closer, I realized that what I was seeing was a large tree that had fallen across the trail.

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Mother Nature Takes Down Tree

My very first thought was, "Is this an act of vandalism?" It wouldn't be the first time I've witnessed elements of vandalism on the trail. But, upon closer inspection, I realized this particular act of vandalism was committed by mother nature.

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All Good Things Must End

You can see from the photos that a large section of the tree was dead and rotted. The tree simply was not strong enough to stand any longer and it simply broke off about 10 feet above the ground and fell across the Riverfront Trail.

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Mother Nature Leaves A Mess on the Riverfront Trail

There didn't appear to be any damage to the trail, but it was quite a sight to see. I've passed this tree countless times while running on the trail, and I was grateful it didn't come crashing down as I was passing by. There is quite a mess to clean up, and I don't think Mother Nature is in to clean up.

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Unexpected Sights On the Trail

You just never know what to expect when you are on the Riverfront Trail - a friendly encounter with other users and their dogs, cows loose on the trail, wildlife watching you pass by, or a tree that finally came tumbling down.

Clifton Nature Park Section of Colorado Riverfront Trail

One of the really scenic sections of the Colorado Riverfront Trail is the Clifton Nature Park on D Road in Clifton. Here's a look at what to expect when you head out to the east section of this trail.

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