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Mallard’s Nest Natural Area


Not only is Mallards Nest Natural Area along an enjoyable section of Spring Creek Trail, but, as its name suggests, it’s a good place for duck-watching. The mallard’s typical “quack, quack, quack,” blends melodically with the restful sounds of the flowing creek. Remember to just watch, but not feed, the ducks so they don’t loose their fear of people and become aggressive.


About 0.4 miles of the paved Spring Creek Trail go through Mallards Nest Natural Area.


5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Mallards Nest is along the Spring Creek Trail, between Spring Park and the east Stuart Street underpass. The approximate address is 507 East Stuart Street, Fort Collins. The nearest parking is at Spring Park.

Activities & Events

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  • Free educational programs at Mallards Nest Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-416-2480 or email .

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