Cattail Flats Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

running

lake

wildlife

no dogs

Fossil Creek Reservoir has a viewing pier that is open year-round, but the Cattail Flats Trail will be closed during the winter so the eagles aren't disturbed.

running
bugs
5 days ago

Great small circuit trail for running. Lovely views at sunset. Gnats were out this time of year though.

hiking
bugs
25 days ago

This was a very nice and easy nature walk. However, it was really windy, there was barely any shade, and there was tons of bugs (gnats, moths, ants). I would totally recommend for families on a sunny day!

hiking
7 months ago

Mostly gravel. Went at 5:30pm and didn’t see another person on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

No shade and pretty hot going at 9 am. Pretty open spaces and nice to watch birds. Duck pond is a little stinky right now so stayed on the cattails trail side and it wasn’t too bad.

hiking
11 months ago

beautiful views

hiking
Tue Nov 27 2018

Wonderful trail for toddlers. Stroller accessible if you have good wheels. We saw lots of ducks, geese, an eagle, a hawk, and prairie dogs. No dogs allowed. Usually closed mid November to March for bald eagle roosting but happened to still be open today.

walking
Wed Oct 03 2018

Lots of wildlife. Birds and some prairie dogs. Nice little walk with good views.

hiking
Sat Oct 29 2016

Great trail for families! No dogs. Picnic tables. Beautiful view of fossil creek reservoir and the front range.

walking
Thu Oct 27 2016

Short and sweet.... One part of the trail had some stink around it. I wonder if this is just a seasonal smell or if it's always foul through that area...... Great views of the mountains especially with the reflection on the lake. Bugs were abundant but not a nuisance.

Sun Aug 21 2016

Easy, fairly flat hike, that has a nice size bird blind to use. Bring camera, binoculars

Tue May 31 2016

beautiful, bird preserve, extremely buggy, bug spray a must

Sat Jan 02 2016

Beautiful trail- 1.6 mile loop on the east side is closed until March.

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bird watching
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running
11 months ago

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Sun Jun 02 2019

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Tue May 28 2019

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Thu Jun 21 2018

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