Fossil Creek Park is the perfect place to go if you want to feel close and connected with nature. This 1.4-kilometer loop trail features a lake, trees, and various other wildlife. All skill levels are welcome, so it’s a great spot for beginners!
This is a great trail to walk, hike, or take a nature trip. Dogs can also use this trail but need to be on leashes.
The Fossil Creek Trail extension is a 1.7-mile stretch of a paved recreational trail that connects the east and west sides of Fort Collins, Colorado to make more than 36 miles of paved trails in total.
The $4.5 million expansion of the Fossil Creek Trail was completed in 2016. The new section extends from College Ave to Shields St and Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area.
Fossil Creek Trail stretches through four Fort Collins natural areas: Cathy Fromme Prairie, Pineridge, Redtail Grove, and Two Creeks Natural Areas. Various plants and animals can be found throughout the trail.
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A part of the Fossil Creek Trail extension is the railway underpasses, which are located beneath the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway on one side and a solar panel near the east entrance. One of them is 14-feet in diameter and lit through a solar panel.
Fossil Creek Park is found a couple of blocks north of I- 25, across from SouthRidge Golf Course. The park is designed to provide an escape from the urban environment while still being close to Fort Collins.
Fossil Creek Community Park has a lot to offer and can accommodate a wide range of visitors’ needs. The park is built on the site where voters in 1996 voted to approve Building Community Choices, which helped provide funding for the park in 1999.
Fossil Creek Park is a great destination for all ages as it has an adventure island, interactive water feature, and Tar Pits Play Area. It’s definitely worth visiting with kids and adults alike.
Design Concepts has been a part of the 100-acre park site since the 1980s. The study is to rehabilitate the dam at Portner Reservoir where we originally created a master plan.
We have been the main player on design teams when lakes smaller than five acres have been reconfigured. In 1999, we were a significant part of the team that prepared construction documents for the park’s new design.
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A thematic focus on fossils and geology is found throughout the design of this site. Fossil Creek is named for small, nautilus-shaped fossils from the sea that have been discovered within.
The design process for this park included a four-day workshop with City staff, artists, and our consulting team. We followed this up with a one-day session onsite to refine the plan.