Fossil Creek Reservoir

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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.

People bird watching near Fort Collins, Colorado

People bird watching near Fort Collins, Colorado

Wood duck taking off from Fossil Creek Reservoir

Wood duck taking off from Fossil Creek Reservoir

Grebes on Fossil Creek Reservoir

Grebes on Fossil Creek Reservoir

Bird with a cricket in its mouth along the Cattail Flats Trail

Bird with a cricket in its mouth along the Cattail Flats Trail

Blue heron flying over Fossil Creek Reservoir near Fort Collins, Colorado

Blue heron flying over the reservoir

Bird watching a bug at Fossil Creek Reservoir

Bird watching a bug

Pelican in flight at the Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area in Colorado

Pelican in flight at the Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area in Colorado

Western Kingbird sitting on a sign at Fossil Creek

Western Kingbird sitting on a sign at the natural area near Fort Collins, Colorado

For more information visit the official Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area page on the City of Fort Collins website.

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