Pineridge Natural Area/Dixon Reservoir

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Pineridge Natural Area/Dixon Reservoir

Aliases: Pine Ridge Natural Area

The dense tangle of deciduous trees at the north end of Dixon Reservoir, in the Pineridge Natural Area, is well-known among birders as one of the best migrant traps in Fort Collins. May is the best month to find migrant warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and orioles in the trees. The narrow paths cutting through the trees are often flooded in spring, but a higher, drier dirt path encircles the area, providing some viewing opportunities when the water is high.

County: Larimer

Directions: From I-25 in Fort Collins: exit at Prospect Road and go west to Overland Trail. Head south on Overland Trail to CR 42C/Dixon Canyon Road and go west. Dixon Canyon Road will curve south and just before it curves west again, turn east into the parking lot.

Dates of Access: Open all year - can be closed if trails are wet and muddy. Information can be found at
Hours: 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations.

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Fort Collins

Handicapped Access: None

Latitude: 40.550955
Longitude: -105.142901

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Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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