Riverbend Ponds - An Idyllic Locale

Riverbend Ponds in Fort Collins

Nestled below the northern Front Range, Riverbend Ponds is a natural area located on the outskirts of Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s absolutely beautiful this time of year because the surrounding forest is an artist’s palette of autumn colors.

The Poudre River and its nearby collection of crystal-clear ponds is a haven for the 200 different species of birds that pass through this wetlands paradise. Dirt pathways criss-cross between the different lakes offering the spectator a delightful perspective from almost anywhere in the park.

During a quick hike along the looping, main trail there are white pelicans, blue herons, snowy egrets, Canada geese and mallard ducks. The prettiest part of the marshy ecosystem is the razor-sharp reflections that decorate the water’s smooth surface.

The peaceful preserve is an idyllic locale where Longs Peak looms over the picturesque valley. A north wind, characterized by its cold bite, blows down from the big peaks carrying with it a premonition concerning a change in the mild weather - the coming of this fall’s first snow.

A palette of autumn colors

An idyllic locale

The Powder River

A wetlands paradise

Razor-sharp reflections

Fall's first snow is coming


  1. As usual, I love your spectacular pictures! I hope you had a great week.

    1. Thanks so much. We were in Fort Collins and discovered this nice Natural Area in full autumn splendor.


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