Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is a 2,711-acre mountainous park located in Fort Collins, CO. Visitors can explore the 29 miles of hiking, biking, equestrian trails, and scenic vistas. The elevation gain of the trail is 5,430 to 7,255 feet. The trail is generally considered a moderately challenging route. The time taken to complete the total trail is 4 hours and 38 minutes. This open space is famous for its Horsetooth Falls in the spring and its Front Range views. The trails are well maintained and were easily accessible with a dog, and drinking water is available along the trail. In the longer trails, you can experience the adventures and short trails suited for more family fun. The open space also has a parking area with clear maps and is well-marked. Trailhead is open 24 hours a day.
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HORSETOOTH MOUNTAIN OPEN SPACE REVIEWS
5.5 miles. This is a great hike for all skill levels, with great views all around. Start early in the morning when the weather is warm and bring loads of water. This is a GREAT night hike with fantastic views of Fort Collins. It is also a really nice hike in the winter. The Horsetooth Mountain Park trail system is ideal for trail running as well with trails that link up to adjacent Lory State Park (north) and the Blue Sky trail (south) which eventually links with Coyote Ridge and Devils Backbone! Great for mountain biking endurance junkies and noobs alike!
Beautiful local hike that was a lil more intense than perhaps our understanding of the reviews let on. But, absolutely gorgeous space right near home. So dry this time of year, so the Falls were but a trickle, but the hike up was great
Moderate hike to a fantastic local destination. Plenty of switchbacks to guide you to the Falls. Gentle water flowing down into a pool. Family friendly dog friendly as well.
Spring Canyon Park is the top-rated and most beautiful hiking trail in Colorado. Spring Canyon which was opened in 2008. The 100-acre community park nestles against Pine Ridge on Fort Collins' western outskirts, affording stunning mountain views. The park, which has a couple of miles of paved paths, also provides access to the Spring Creek Trail and the Pine Ridge Trail. The trail is generally considered an easy trail route. The park has features like three lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, four picnic shelters, three ball fields, various sports fields for soccer and football, a horseshoe pit, volleyball courts, a skateboard park, a free-ride mountain bike course, a great dog park, an inline hockey rink, an interactive water feature, and inspiration playground. The park has a couple of miles of paved paths and also provides access to the Spring Creek Trail and the Pine Ridge Trail.
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SPRING CANYON PARK REVIEWS
This park has a little bit of everything; basketball courts, tennis courts, multiple playgrounds, bathrooms, water, fountains, open grass area, soccer fields, and tennis courts. That's s just the name what I saw today. There is also a paved walking trail in the park. The park is nestled up against horsetooth reservoir, so you get a nice view of horse tooth while you're there.
The best park in Fort Collins. Huge playground that has two parts for older and younger kids. Trails going all around an through. Connects to bike paths, has a dog park, there is a splash park attached. Lots of open space to run around in or play sports. This is by far my kids favorite place to play in town.
Awesome park with so many ways to play for all ages. There were a few structures I had never seen before. The mural in the bathroom was a beautiful surprise.
Coyote Ridge Natural Area is the top-rated hiking trail in Fort Collins, CO. The 600-foot height gain provides excellent views of the Front Range and eastern plains, as well as the Cheyenne Ridge to the north. The views to the west from the top are breathtaking. At this stunning location, you can experience the slopes meeting the plains. Trail connections to Rimrock Open Space, Prairie Ridge Natural Area, and the Blue Sky Trail make Coyote Ridge Natural Area popular with recreationists who shuttle vehicles to have a great mountain biking, horseback riding, or long-distance hiking experience. Visitors can spot mule deer and coyotes, as well as mountain lions, bears, and rattlesnakes. Songbirds, lizards, rabbits, deer mice, and foxes live in rabbitbrush, mountain mahogany, and three-leaf sumac.
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COYOTE RIDGE NATURAL AREA REVIEWS
This is a great area to hike, run, or mountain bike! Coyote Ridge Trail connects to Blue Sky Trail which is part of Devil's Backbone and also connects to Horsetooth Mountain. It's a beautiful area and I appreciate that parking is free.
Beautiful hike. Best done in the early morning. Get’s hot in full sun. The walk from the parking lot to the ridge is far with no trees. So be prepared with some water and sun screen. The wildflowers even in winter are beautiful. Lots of interesting birds.
Amazing location. Beautiful prairielands with spectacular views. Great for individual or family hikes! Plenty of parking.