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Dr. Howard Reynolds Nature Trails

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1.8 Miles 3.0 Kilometers


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44' 14 m

Ascent

-44' -14 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

2,038' 621 m

High

2,021' 616 m

Low

Shared By Juno Ogle

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A collection of pleasant nature trails at the natural history museum.

Juno Ogle

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open sunrise to sunset.

Overview

A nice and easy collection of trails that wanders over 22 acres adjacent to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The trails are pretty easy, but there are a few slight grades and roots in the mix.

Description

With so many closely-set trails, there are many ways to navigate the area. One option is to follow the Prairie Crossing Trail from the gazebo to Cottonwood Cove Loop, where a thick grove of trees shrouds the trail. From there, follow the Chetolah Trail as it parallels Chetolah Creek through trees and shrubs.

Take a quick jaunt over the simple and flat Oxbow Loop. There are a few benches, constructed as an Eagle Scout project, that make a nice relaxing setting. Oxbow Loop nicely exits onto Monument Meadow Trail which briefly winds through fields of native grasses and flowers.

Turn right on Prairie Crossing Trail and then a right onto the Cactus Ridge Trail. You'll find plenty of prickly pear cactus here and nice views of the nearby trails. Turn left on Chetolah Trail toward the Amphitheater Trail for a quick diversion that ends just a little ways from where the run started.

Flora & Fauna

There are lots of native wildflowers that bloom, especially in the spring. Sunflowers are abundant in late summer and early fall. As far as animals; you'll see mostly turtles, frogs, and maybe a baby snake.

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