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Map of the Fossil Creek Trail in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Fossil Creek Trail

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Fossil Creek Trail

LENGTH:

6.5 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Fort Collins

HIGHLIGHTS:

Spring Canyon Community Park, Cathy Fromme Prairie, Fossil Creek Park

NEARBY TRAILS:

Spring Creek Trail

Mason Trail

Power Trail

Long View Trail

Fossil Creek Wetlands Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Fort Collins

Windsor

Greeley

Loveland

Regional Trails

The Fossil Creek Trail is a 6.5-mile long paved pathway located on the west and south side of Fort Collins. The northwestern end of the Fossil Creek Trail connects to the Spring Creek Trail at Spring Canyon Park located at the western end of W. Horsetooth Road on the west side of Fort Collins.  The trail then heads south, eventually travelling through the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area. This section has a tunnel for crossing S. Taft Hill Road and crosses Shields Street with a tunnel at a point 3/4 miles south of Front Range Community College. At this location the Fossil Creek Trail connects to the Long View Trail that heads south along S. Shield Street as far as Loveland.

To the east of S Shields Street, the trail follows Fossil Creek Drive for 0.5 miles, then wanders through natural areas, using a tunnel to cross the railroad tracks. Just west of S College Avenue the trail meets up with the Mason Trail. The Mason Trail heads north as far as the CSU campus. The Fossil Creek Trail has another tunnel for crossing S. College Avenue and continues heading east along Fossil Creek Parkway. The trail then wanders through Fossil Creek Park. The southeastern end of the trail is located at S. Lemay Avenue and Fossil Creek Parkway.

Conditions

The Fossil Creek Trail is paved for the entire route. The trail is open for bike riding, walking and running.

Communities

The Fossil Creek Trail goes past the following communities: Fort Collins.

Points of Interest

The Fossil Creek Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Spring Canyon Community Park
Cathy Fromme Prairie Open Space
Red Tail Hawk Natrual Area
Werner Elementary School
Fossil Creek Park
Nearby Trails

Spring Creek Trail: the two trails meet at Spring Canyon Community Park near the west end of Horsetooth Road.

Long View Trail: the two trails meet on the east side of S. Shield Street near the Cathy Fromme Prairie Open Space. The Long View Trail then heads south to meet up with the Loveland Recreation Trail system.

Mason Trail: the trails meet at the south end of the Mason Trail, just west of S.College Avenue and south of Cameron Drive.

Fossil Creek Wetlands Trail: this trail is located 1 mile south of the eastern end of the Fossil Creek Trail.

Power Trail: this trail is located 1 mile east of the south end of the Fossil Creek Trail.

End Points

The northwest end of the Fossil Creek Trail is located in Spring Canyon Community Park near the western end of Horsetooth Road on the west side of Fort Collins.

The south west end of the trail is located at S. Lemay Avenue and Fossil Creek Parkway.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Fossil Creek Trail in Fort Collins, Colorado

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