Cattail Flats Trail, Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Fort Collins, Colorado 80525

Cattail Flats Trail, Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Cattail Flats Trail, Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is the ultimate birding hike. Bald eagles are common here in the winter, avocets are common in the summer, and you can hear the distinctive and melodious song of the western meadowlark year- round.

Fossil Creek Reservoir is a National Audubon Society– designated Important Bird Area. The wide, flat Cattail Flats Trail frees you from looking at your feet so you can look skyward for some of the hundreds of bird species that are found here, either seasonally or year-round. The rock stars of this place are the bald eagles that call Fossil Creek Reservoir home over the winter. There are Eagle Watch programs December through February, but the Cattail Flats Trail is closed then. You will still have a good chance to see eagles from the other trails."

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Trail Information

Fort Collins
Nearby City
1.7
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, (970) 416-2815, fcgov.com/naturalareas
Local Contacts
USGS Loveland; Fort Collins Natural Areas map
Local Maps