Red-tailed hawks love it, and you will too. This site connects the Mason Street Trail to Fossil Creek Trail with an underpass under U.S. Hwy 287/College Ave for safe travel.
In addition to recreational enjoyment on the trail, this natural area provides visual relief for those traveling on U.S. Hwy. 287 south of Harmony Road.
Eighty one species of birds have been seen here including its namesake, red-tailed hawks (which have nested here), ferruginous hawks, northern saw-whet owls, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
Trails and Directions#
The Mason Trail and Fossil Creek Trail meet in Redtail Grove Natural Area. The Mason Trail section is .2 miles and the Fossil Creek Trail section is .7 miles for a total of .9 miles of paved trail at Redtail Grove.
The nearest parking is at the South Transit Center (west end of Fairway Lane, 4915 Fossil Blvd).
Redtail Grove Natural Area has no entrance fee.
Activities and Events#
- Find free educational activities and events year-round on the Events Calendar. Activities and events in June-October are also listed in the Natural Areas Explorer.
- Learn about special events and activities each month by subscribing to the Natural Areas e-newsletter.
- Check out the Natural Areas Learning Library for self-guided activities.
- Know before you go safety and recreation information.
- Special people have volunteered to take an active role in the stewardship of natural areas by doing monthly litter pick-ups. You can join the fun and adopt a natural area, too!
- Fossil Creek Natural Areas Management Plan 2017, pdf
- Bird Checklist- Courtesy of Fort Collins Audubon Society