Foothills Trail: Maxwell Natural Area

EASY 13 reviews

Foothills Trail: Maxwell Natural Area is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Collins, CO that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles 515 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

trail running


horseback riding



13 days ago

16 days ago

Fun little hike to the "A"!

1 month ago

2 months ago

4 months ago

Very busy! But beautiful. Deer ran straight across the trail in front of us. Just busy

4 months ago

Great beginning trail. a little crowded but, easy to get to.

5 months ago

scenic driving
7 months ago

cross country skiing
1 year ago

A little trouble finding the trailhead. It's a small dirt road right before the left to head up to horsetooth reservoir. Trail starts flat and hoes past the CSU football stadium. Made it about half way before it started to get dark. Next time will start earlier

1 year ago

A great hike going up, with a steady incline. Very nice to see the A, and the view of the reservoir was incredible.

1 year ago

Klaus (my puppy) and I did the short route toward the north end of the trail, recently. The elevation change was relatively easy to manage and the views are good ones. As a photographer, I think this would be a great destination to get awesome sunset shots without having to travel too far from humanity...

2 years ago

nice, shorter trail that gets you a great view of the reservoir.

3 years ago

Known as the "A" Mountain Trail, this trail cuts across the prairie and has a few switchbacks up the foothills. Offering great views of Fort Collins to the east and Horsetooth to the west, this local trail (although very busy) is easy to get to and great for jogging on a warm afternoon.