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The Willow Creek Nature Trail

The Willow Creek Nature Trail

The Willow Creek Nature Trail was established in 2001 in cooperation with Lamar Community College, the City of Lamar, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service, and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 218. Since then, there have been numerous improvements made to the trail.

The Willow Creek Trail, located behind Lamar Community College, provides a unique opportunity for visitors to observe migratory birdlife, native plants, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish in a variety of ecosystems, including short grass prairie and riparian habitats. The trail is about one mile long.

The trail has experienced wide usage from humans and animals. The first evidence of wildlife usage is from the Jurassic period, as dinosaur tracks were discovered in the creek’s bottom in 1939. American explorer Zebulon Pike reported that he harvested buffalo and turkey on Willow Creek on his journey, during which he is attributed for discovering Pike Peak.

The following are partial lists of what you might discover:


Mule Deer
White-tailed Deer


Great Plains Skunk
Garter Snake


Downy Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron
Wood Duck
Mississippi Kite
Belted Kingfisher
House Wren
Bullock’s Oriole
American Goldfinch
Western Kingbird


Plains Cottonwood
Peachleaf Willow
Siberian Elm
Rocky Mountain Juniper


Virginia Creeper
Golden Currant

The Willow Creek Nature Trail

2401 S Main Street
Lamar, Colorado 81052

Restaurants, recreation facilities, attractions, and more are now open with state-approved COVID-19 safety measures in place.

With plenty of open space, we offer an ideal place to get away and be safe. Business situations change frequently, so we recommend calling ahead.


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