|Park/Forest||Running Deer Natural Area|
|Trailhead||Prospect Rd Parking Area|
|Distance Roundtrip||1.4 Miles|
|Elevation Start||4889 ft|
|Elevation Gain||≈ 7 ft|
Running Deer Natural Area is a nice spot in the city of Fort Collins. There are views of the mountains, wetlands and an old fire lookout to see. There are about 2 miles of trails here. There is a loop you can do, that crosses over slightly into the adjacent Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area where there is a pleasant pond, then loops back around to the parking area. Note that the trail through the middle of the loop which is shown on some maps, does not go through anymore, as there is some wetland restoration efforts being done. Another hike option is to head southeast from the parking area to an old fire lookout, which has been restored and now serves as a wildlife viewing area.
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Off Prospect Rd a little over a mile east of Timberline Rd. It can also be accessed from the Colorado Welcome Center near Prospect Rd and I 25.