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Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area: Cattail Flats Trail

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Fossil Creek Reservoir: Cattail Flats Trail

Area Fort Collins
Park/Forest Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area
Trailhead Heron Loop/Parking Area
Distance Roundtrip 1.6 Miles
Elevation Start 4878 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 6 ft
Features Reservoir
Dogs Allowed? No


Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area is located roughly between Fort Collins and Loveland. It is an important bird habitat and a great birding destination. It has many bird species, including bald eagles during the winter. The Cattail Flats Trail is 1.8 mile trail through rolling prairie with views of the foothills and reservoir. The trail is closed November 15 to March 1. Other trails include the 0.3 mile paved Heron Loop and the Sandpiper Trail.

Directions info

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On Carpenter Road/ CR 32 about 1 mile west of I 25.


Fort Collins Fossil Creek Reservoir Page
Trail Map PDF


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