18. Explore Riverbend Ponds

Can you believe there are over 40 seperate natural areas in Fort Collins covering 33,000 acres?  One of my favorites is Riverbend Ponds.  This gorgeous, 226 acre natural area has 7 ponds and also follows a nice stretch of the Poudre river.  Over 3 miles of  gravel trails wind through cottonwoods and cattails and are nice and flat if you’re not in the mood for a workout. You’ll be amazed at how many birds you see and hear because over 200 different species can be found including Osprey and Green Heron.  The ponds, which are actually reclaimed gravel pits, are stocked with bass, crappie and catfish and provide the angler with plenty of room to stretch out on the miles of shoreline. 

While doing a bit of reserch on Prospect Ponds I found that the City of Fort Collins puts on a huge number of guided activities at our many natural areas.  Everything from wildlife watching to archeology to astronomy and even nature photography classes are available for free!  It’s called Tracks and Trails (click here for the Tracks and Trails PDF guide and calendar).  You’ll be surprised to see something is happening almost everyday from May to October.  Get six or more people together and you can set an appointment to have a Master Naturalist guide your group through your favorite natural area! 

Maps to Riverbend ponds: Northern access near Timberline and MulberrySouthern access off Prospect between Timberline and Summit View

Fort Collins Natural Areas website - in the upper right hand corner of that page you can sign up for email updates on Natural Area events

PDF map of all Fort Collins Natural Areas

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