Fountain Creek Regional Park supplies straightforward urban access to many trails in a pure setting, with quite a few ponds and waterways that appeal to many aquatic birds.
Drive south on Interstate 25 to Exit 132A in Fountain and head east on Colorado Highway 16 for a half-mile. Turn proper on Colorado Highway 85 and drive south for about a quarter-mile and switch proper on Rice Lane/Willow Springs Road. After getting into the park, proceed previous a car parking zone and small pond to the north, then flip left to attain the parking space at Willow Springs trailhead.
Hike south alongside the huge and flat Fountain Creek Regional Trail. After about a quarter-mile, Rice’s Ponds seems on the left, the place the path is elevated and supplies a nice vantage level for viewing the ponds to the east and the river-sized Fountain Creek to the west.
Near the south finish of the bigger South Rice’s Pond, hikers attain some intersecting trails. Cross to the proper over the irrigation canal, then left to proceed alongside the ditch and at the subsequent intersection, keep left to hold following the canal.
Continue south alongside the principle Regional Trail for about a mile, the place the path cuts instantly from the ditch and hold left to enter a giant open space generally known as Cottonwood Meadows. Continue alongside the principle path for about a half-mile to the south finish of the meadow, marking the turnaround level.
Return northward again to the canal and after about a mile, attain an intersection. Turn proper and join to the Fountain Creek Nature Trail subsequent to a giant pond and intensive cattail marsh. Turn proper once more and observe a quick switchback for about a quarter-mile up to the Visitor Center.
Continue north on the Nature Trail for about a half-mile, winding by way of a woodland, swinging left previous a small pond, then south to one other pond and path intersection. Bear proper and proceed for about a quarter-mile again to the canal and swing north, reconnecting to the Regional Trail at South Rice’s Pond. Continue northward for about a half-mile to return to the Willow Springs trailhead.
Joe LaFleur has lived in Woodland Park since 2016 and is a mountaineering fanatic who hits the paths weekly. Contact Joe with questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hiking is nice train however will be hazardous. Always make sure to plan properly, verify the climate, carry a printed map and inform somebody the place, when you’re going and speak to them whenever you return safely.