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Fort Collins Place: Running Deer Natural Area

Terence’s Note: This post was originally on FortCollinsNouns

Looking for some peace and quiet? A return to nature? Running Deer Natural Area is a great place to find those things right here in Fort Collins.


Located on East Prospect Road near the Colorado Welcome Center and I-25 Running Deer is a gem seldom used by the citizens of Fort Collins. In it you will find over two miles of trails to walk and you’ll also have a good chance to spot some wildlife. On my visit for the post I had a raptor fly over head, an eagle I believe, as well as two low flying pelicans headed for the nearby ponds at Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area.


Running Deer makes a great in town walking retreat because dogs and bikes are not allowed. I don’t have anything against dogs or bikes but it can be nice to get away from them every now and then. And it should be noted they are allowed across Prospect at Riverbend Ponds.


You can also “Spend some time at Artist’s Point. It’s a great spot to sketch wildlife or take photographs – or you can just sit back, relax and watch the wetland.”


Speaking of art, there are always friends waiting for you…


If you do decide to visit I recommend a early morning or evening visit because there is not much shade to be found at Running Deer. I do recommend checking it out though. It is a great place to be alone with your thoughts. I have been out there a few times and I’ve had the whole place to myself.


Use this link for information on Fort Collins Natural Areas.

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