Skip to main content

Natural Areas

Contact Information

  •   Dept Head: John Stokes
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
  •   1745 Hoffman Mill Road
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
  •   bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==
  •   970.416.2815
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Natural Areas Newsletter

Draft Fossil Creek Natural Areas Management Plan Update

Spotlight image: Draft Fossil Creek Natural Areas Management Plan Update

The Fossil Creek Natural Areas are twelve natural areas, south of Harmony Road, extending from the base of the foothills southeast to I-25. They include:

Cathy Fromme Prairie 
Hazaleus Natural Area
Colina Mariposa Natural Area
Redtail Grove Natural Area
Two Creeks Natural Area
Prairie Dog Meadow Natural Area
Pelican Marsh Natural Area
Fossil Creek Wetlands Natural Area
Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area
Eagle View Natural Area
Flores del Sol Natural Area
Soaring Vista Natural Area

A draft update to the 2005 management plan has been written for these sites and the public is invited to share their thoughts online or at an Open House on Thursday, June 8, 4-7 p.m. at the Harmony Library Community Room, 4616 South Shields Street, Fort Collins.

Tracks & Trails pdf is here! (PDF)

Spotlight image: Tracks & Trails pdf is here!

This booklet is your guide to free activities on Natural Areas, May-October!

New this year, registration is required for all programs. Register using Engage (you must login or create an account).

Free Upcoming Activities

Spotlight image: Free Upcoming Activities

Land Forms and Life Forms, Friday, May 26, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, meet at the west parking lot. Learn about the intimate connection between geology, landforms and the life that has evolved and adapted to live where prairie and foothills collide. Hike a 3-mile loop over the hogbacks separating prairie and foothills with excellent views of Horsetooth Reservoir, Watson Lake, and the prairie to the east. Be prepared! Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. Unprepared individuals may be denied participation for their safety. Ages 12+; moderate difficulty. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register

Natural History of Pineridge, Saturday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pineridge Natural Area, meet at the west parking lot. Do not park in the Maxwell parking lot. The prairies, shrub lands, and ponderosa forests are all connected. Learn about native grasses, wildflowers and birds. Be prepared! Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. Unprepared individuals may be denied participation for their safety. 1 mile; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register

Discover the Bobolinks! Saturday, June 3, 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off of Overland Trail Rd. across from the Poudre Overlook subdivision. The bobolinks are back!  Each year for a short time, we are visited by one of Colorado's rare birds, the bobolink, and they only come to one place in Fort Collins, Reservoir Ridge!  Kids, bring your parents for a fun morning of bobolink spotting. We will take a short hike and learn to listen and see this special visitor and some of its friends.  The trail is flat and easy.  All materials will be provided. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register

See all upcoming events here!

Poudre River Clean-up

Spotlight image: Poudre River Clean-up

Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m- 12 noon, Lee Martinez Park- Pitch in and help clean-up the Poudre River Corridor! Join Mountain Whitewater Descents, Save the Poudre, and the Natural Areas Department for the annual spring clean-up. All you need is gloves, sunscreen and the desire to make a difference. Please carpool, bike or walk to reduce congestion.