Explore the most popular trails in Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is all hard ice right now making it very challenging to walk comfortably on it. Looks like it would be nice in the spring or without ice.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
private property
4 months ago

cool trail in the city, great for a run a bike ride

hiking
bugs
no shade
5 months ago

This trail is decent enough if you have small kids. Flat walkways, no scenic views/mountains. We went in the summer (late August) and the waterways were all dried up, which was kind of a bummer. Make sure to bring plenty of bug spray and sun screen.

road biking
bugs
5 months ago

running
6 months ago

Nice little jog through some nice level nature trails. It was almost 3 miles on the loop that I took. My favorite part was the wood plank walkway through the wetlands. Nice area.

hiking
6 months ago

MOSQUITOS.

road biking
7 months ago

This is a gorgeous bike path. Long, winding, with some shade, some open sun, and lovely views and wildlife! Flat and easy, so great for all levels. Tons of access points, smooth well maintained pavement, scenic and wonderful! Fort Collins has some of the most functional bike paths I’ve seen in a small city!!!

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Location is perfect, as it’s about a mile walk from work, but beware of bugs! Lots and lots of mosquitos! I wore bug spray and still got a few bites, coworkers who didn’t wear spray got eaten alive.

running
8 months ago

I have ran this loop more than 1000 times by now :) and it is my absolutely favorite place in entire Fort Collins :) Birds and geese and ponds themselves know me by name and welcome me in ANY weather with love :) I have ran that trail in heat and blizzard and in pouring rain and always felt amazing :) #lovemyponds :)

hiking
8 months ago

flat easy walk nice views, bathroom was so gross though was a disappointment I am used to clean facilities.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little nature walk.

running
9 months ago

Good for a long easy run. Smooth hard surface and little traffic.

10 months ago

This area is also known as the ELC (Environmental learning center)

hiking
10 months ago

Good easy strolling trail, but bad time to go since everything is dead and the river is dried up.

hiking
10 months ago

If you’re looking to get a quick few miles in, try this trail out. No parking fees.

bugs
muddy
11 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
11 months ago

hiking
snow
11 months ago

It’s was such a beautiful walk. There was a little bit of snow but it just made it a beautiful walk.

hiking
Tue Feb 05 2019

Flat easy trail. With small bodies of water. Connects to cottonwood hollow. The parking area is called running deer natural area. Had magpie, a kestrel, meadowlark, r t hawk, g h owl, song sparrow, a robin, raven, Canadian geese, mallards, n flicker, n harrier, b kingfisher, d woodpecker, e starling and g w teal.

hiking
Mon Feb 04 2019

Nice short, easy hike! Took my 3 year old and he loved it!

hiking
Fri Feb 01 2019

hiking
Thu Jan 24 2019

Cold with lots of snow on the ground. Saw Canada geese, cackling geese, widgeon, mallard, belted kingfisher, and song sparrow.

hiking
Sun Jan 06 2019

This was my first Colorado trail. I took my 4 year old boy so needed a small trail so I picked this one. Very flat and although it’s the middle of January, we had to remove our jackets. We saw grassland, rivers and even 5 deer. Very pretty and not too busy. I would have given this trail 5 stars but as I walked in and out all you could smell was the water treatment plant which is right next to the trail. It was very bad. Not sure if it’s always this bad so just keep that in mind.

Sun Dec 16 2018

Great trail for long boarding! Smooth the whole way and it’s got a few neat things to see along the way.

walking
Tue Dec 04 2018

Easy trail in Fort Collins that loops. Has some great views to the river and informative signs about wildlife and environment along the path. Dogs aren’t allowed!

Sat Oct 27 2018

I was really excited to walk the trails with my puppy but since there was no mention of no dogs allowed until getting into it, we weren’t able to go on it.

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