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Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area: Fossil Creek Trail

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  • Some of the many Prairie Dogs
  • View of Horsetooth Rock
  • Coyote on the hillside

Photos by SQ

Fossil Creek Trail

Area Fort Collins
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
Features Prairie
Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash

Description

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.




Directions info

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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.

Links

Fort Collins Cathy Fromme Prairie Page
Trail Map PDF

 

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