It's hard to find enough time to hike all the trails that Colorado has to offer, but if you have an hour, why not pack up your pup and head to the Cattail Natural Area Trails in the city of Fort Collins? You can both get out into the fresh air but don’t need a lot of time to do so here.
To access this natural area, park at the Kingfisher Natural Area on Timberline Road and take the Poudre Trail miles southeast until you reach the Cattail Chorus Natural Area, which will be on the southside of the trail. Watch for signs to begin your exploration of along this 0.65 mile section of the Poudre Trail through the area. For additional adventures, continue on the Poudre Trail, or connect to the Spring Creek Trail which will runs along the southside of Cattail Chorus.
The Cattail Chorus Natural Area offers these wheelchair-friendly nature paths which are short and sweet! A lot is packed into this smaller hike that you and your fur-ever friend can enjoy! There are educational signs posted alongside this path leading to a lovely bench where you can sit and enjoy the silence and the calls of nature. A large variety of birds call this place home, such as blue herons living in the surrounding cottonwood trees, and blackbirds that hang onto the cattails in all the neighboring ponds.
The trail is a natural path which is easy on the paws and feet and has no elevation change, so it is rated as ‘easy,’ which can give those elderly pups a nice place to hike. There are no restrooms or access to water fountains here so be sure to plan ahead and bring your own water bottles. Mutt mitts are much appreciated to keep this path pup-friendly.
The Cattail Chorus Natural Area is a great place to spend some outdoor, quality time with Fido.