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The Coterie Natural Area


A coterie is a family group of prairie dogs. A coterie typically consists of one adult male, several adult females, and their offspring- it’s a closely knit group, recognizing each other by an identifying kiss or sniff. Family groups cooperate to raise young, construct burrows, groom each other, play and defend the coterie territory.

The Natural Areas Department acquired The Coterie Natural Area in 2000 in order to protect the prairie dog colony. Bicyclists and pedestrians on the trail often stop to watch the antics of these active creatures.


0.1 miles of the paved (wheelchair accessible) Spring Creek Trail goes through The Coterie Natural Area.


5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Nearest parking is Edora Park on Riverside Street, trail access from Spring Creek Trail.

Activities & Events

  • Would you like monthly activity updates, trail recommendations and more? Sign up for the Natural Areas electronic newsletter in the upper right corner of this page.

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

    Related Information

  • Wildlife Management Guidelines

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