|Park/Forest||Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area|
|Trailhead||Fossil Creek Trail/Parking Area|
|Distance Roundtrip||4.8 Miles|
|Elevation Start||5016 ft|
|Elevation Gain||≈ 130 ft|
|Dogs Allowed?||Yes, on leash|
The Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area is one of the few areas to see the shortgrass prairie as it was before the intensive settlement of the front range. You are always in view of roads and subdivisions but there is abundant wildlife here. Prairie Dog colonies, coyotes, rattlesnakes and more. There is a raptor observatory which is a space to watch the hawks and eagles that hunt in the prairie. The Fossil Creek Trail is the only trail here. It is paved the whole way and travels from Shields Rd west through the prairie to Luther Lane. It is 4.8 miles roundtrip but many people just walk a section of it at a time.
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There are multiple parking areas. One is on S. Shields Rd between Harmony Rd and Trilby Rd. The other is on Fromme Prairie Way.