The Fossil Creek Reservoir, near Fort Collins Colorado, is a great place to take a leisurely stroll in an “important bird area”. It’s situated close to I-25, so it even makes a nice rest stop on a road trip through Colorado.
I’ve seen bald eagles, hawks, blue herons, wood ducks, mallards, cormorants, pelicans, and many other birds while walking the 2.5 miles of easy trails at Fossil Creek Reservoir. Other than birds, I’ve also seen prairie dogs, coyotes, rabbits, and a snake at the 844 acre natural area.
Covered picnic areas, viewing blinds, and restrooms are available for free use. Interpretive sings in the office, on a small pier, and in the viewing blinds provide information and help to identify birds.
Dogs, bikes, and horses are not allowed. The Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area is open dawn to dusk. Once in a while, certain trails are closed to protect nesting eagles.
TIP: I’ve seen the most birds at the viewing blind on the Cattail Flats Trail. Hawks seem to be more plentiful near Carpenter Road.
For more information visit the official Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area page on the City of Fort Collins website.