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Mallards Nest Natural Area

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Trail Status

Open without issues.


Not only is Mallards Nest Natural Area along an enjoyable section of Spring Creek Trail, but, as its name suggests, its a good place for duck-watching. The mallards 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 dont 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 and Events

  • Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in Tracks & Trails booklet guide.
  • 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.
  • Free educational programs at Mallards Nest Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20= .

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