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Cattail Chorus Natural Area

Description

This natural area is often enjoyed by employees of nearby businesses during the lunch hour. It’s a great place to watch wildlife and enjoy a peaceful moment.

Cattail Chorus is teeming with nature: the habitat supports a high diversity of migrant and resident songbirds and waterfowl; the cottonwoods on the west side of the site are a winter roosting site for great blue herons; and yellow-headed blackbirds nest in the cattails. Butterflies, dragonflies, and other tiny creatures flit among the vegetation of the ponds. Watch for a variety of colorful caterpillars crawling on the trail in the spring. This site was acquired with the help of a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

The boundaries of Cattail Chorus were expanded as directed in the 2011 update to the Cache la Poudre River Natural Areas Management Plan. The site now includes land east of Timberline Road, previously known as Kingfisher Point Natural Area and lands west of the Poudre River, previously known as Riverbend Ponds Natural Area.

Trails

Approximately 0.65 miles of the paved Poudre Trail from Timberline Rd. to the junction of the Spring Creek and Poudre Trails (wheelchair accessible). About 0.5 miles of the Spring Creek and Poudre Trail follow the edges of Cattail Chorus (wheelchair accessible). In addition, a short natural surface trail leads to a bench where visitors can watch and listen to a variety of wildlife. Cattail Chorus is an on-trail only site.

Hours

5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Directions

Located north of Prospect Rd., east of Timberline Rd. Access is typically via the paved Poudre Trail or Spring Creek Trail. Nearest parking is at Prospect Ponds Natural Area or Kingfisher Point Natural Area. Cattail Chorus' approximate address is 745 South Timberline Road, Fort Collins.

Events & Activities

  • Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in the Tracks & Trails booklet guide, available in May.

  • Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

  • Customized free educational programs at Cattail Chorus Natural Area are available for groups, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email .

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