Cathy Fromme Prairie – Dog Hiking
5.0 Miles Paved Trail
The Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area is a rare example of Fort Collins’ pre-settlement shortgrass prairie landscape. Drylands and wetlands here provide habitat to a variety of plants and animals. Look for horned lizards, ground-nesting songbirds, butterflies rabbits, coyotes and an over-abundance of rattlesnakes.
The raptor observatory, built into the hillside near the Shields Street entrance, is an excellent place from which to watch hawks and eagles, especially in winter.
The paved Fossil Creek Trail (between Street and Luther Lane) is 2.4 miles one-way. A connection from Cathy Fromme to Spring Canyon Park and Pineridge Natural Area was built in 2011.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012 there were warnings issued by the Colorado Division of Wildlife regarding the explosion of rattle snakes in the area. Although they do a good job keeping the grass cut short along the trail, be sure keep your dog on the paved walkway.
There are parking lots at Shields Street (South of Harmony, approximate address is 5381 S. Shields Street, Fort Collins or on Fromme Prairie Way (from Harmony take Seneca South to Fromme Prairie Way, approximate address is 1999 Fromme Prairie Way, Fort Collins. Hours: 5:00am – 11:00pm.
Contact us today to schedule this hike or to reserve our pet sitting or dog walking services!