Only 15 minutes south of downtown Colorado Springs, Fountain Creek Regional Park is an “oasis on the plains” with ponds, marshes, meadows, cottonwood forests, and Fountain Creek itself. Fountain Creek Nature Center offers a unique look into the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area and serves as an introduction to a variety of discovery experiences. Indoor exhibits offer information on aquatic macroinvertebrates, birds, local history, and sustainability. Fountain Creek Nature Center hosts interpretive programs, special events, group tours, and environmental education programs for schools year-round.

Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
From I-25 Exit 132A, go east on CO 16 to US Highway 85, then south one-half mile. Turn west on Cattail Marsh Road to parking area.

Fountain Creek Nature Trail and Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area

This 0.7 mile loop trail winds through woodlands, meadows, and marshes as it wraps around the Nature Center pond. This area of Fountain Creek Regional Park, known as the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area, is a haven for wildlife like great blue herons, bobcats, turtles, white-tailed deer, and bull snakes. This area of the park is ideal for photographers, bird watchers, and families to peacefully observe a variety of plant and animal species across multiple habitats.

To keep the area safe for wildlife and more enjoyable for park visitors, the following rules are enforced on the nature trail:

No Fishing

No Dogs

No Bicycles

No Horses

These activities are welcome in other areas of Fountain Creek Regional Park. Always stay on the trail and plan to pack out your trash.

To report violations, please create a service request at or call El Paso County Non-emergency Dispatch at 719-390-5555

Please call Fountain Creek Nature Center if you have questions at 719-520-6745.

Enjoy the Audio Tour as you explore the trails!

If you discover a QR code along your walk near the Nature Center, scan it to hear something special about each area.

Here are those Audio Tour stops so you can listen anywhere.

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Partner in the Park for Fountain Creek Nature Center

Get a Sneak Peak of Fountain Creek Nature Center

Directions to Fountain Creek Nature Center

Fountain Creek Regional Park Map

Fountain Creek Regional Park Map