Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Fort Collins with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trails leading to Horsetooth mountain peak and great views! The waterfall this time of year isn’t full but a great hike round trip was 6.5 miles

Great trails and amazing views. Doesn't take too long if you keep a good pace.

The kids loved this hike, and what a treat to take a dip in the lake! Monday morning and the trail was empty. Saw a deer, lots of coyote scat, and many dragon flies. It’s pretty sunny with little opportunities for shade, so pack the sunscreen and water! The campground by the lake was unfortunately a mess, the previous campers did not do their part in keeping it clean, it’s too bad!

the scenery was very pretty, but we had actually gone to see the waterfall. unfortunately it look like somebody was running a water hose over a rock.

9 days ago

nice and easy trail for all levels and ages of hikers. pretty flat. but good to get out in nature. VERY little shade! Go when its cooler out.

Nice trail. Tends to be a lot of bikers out on this one and occasionally horses. Pretty easy. Can get off at one point to get over to the lake if you wanted to wade of swim. Great for all levels and ages of hikers

good hike, its not very hard. we went today in the light rain and still wasnt disappointed. i didnt go under the waterfall but I reccommend it if u have extra clothes :)

mountain biking
15 days ago

Decent trail, good workout on a bike, didn’t make it through the whole thing but enjoyed the bike up! Very rocky though, will definitely being going back to finish the whole thing.

When reading reviews, I find it helpful to know what the stamina level is of the person that's reviewing, so I get a rough idea of how long it will take me. it does me no good to read Horsetooth Rock took someone three hours, when I don't know that that person just moved from the coast and was towing six children all under the age of 5. So for those of you that find this helpful, I run a 9-minute mile. I did this hike alone with one or two minimal breaks. It took me 55 minutes to get to the very tippy-top of Horsetooth Rock. The views won't disappoint, and you'll want to spend some time there. On my way down, I took the Soderberg Trail and followed that to the Spring Creek Trail and turned right to see Horsetooth falls on my way back to the trailhead. It's longer that way and took me roughly another hour, at a brisk jogging pace. Started at 9:45, and ended at noon (spent 15 min at the top).

It was a great hike. We took South ridge trail up and unfortunately did not it make it to falls. on the way down. The trails are a little confusing definitely study the trails before you go up. The top is pretty tough you definitely have to be ready to scale some rocks. We hiked 7 miles total. There is a water fountain at the trailhead, even a bowl fountain for dogs!

Amazing views at top of rocks!! Loved this hike hard enough to be a good workout but not too hard for me. Wouldn’t bring dog to the very top.

mountain biking
25 days ago

Is a great ride by bike! Peaceful, quiet, you pass occasional riders or walkers but is not usually too congested. Has a few places to pull over by the river and sit and relax. Is well maintained. A huge plus to this trail is it runs right by some of Fort Collins best Breweries which make for some great pit stops! Love this trail!

It was a great trail to take my kids on. My daughters loved climbing on the rocks. The view from the top of horsetooth was amazing!

fun trail hike with a group of kids. everyone enjoyed it.

Really easy, but we usually encounter snakes, so not my favorite.

great trail for all ages and abilities.

30 days ago

Nice trail close to home. Great views of the Front Range. Rocky, no shade. Connects to many other trails. Saw mule deer.

This is a really cool hike. My friend and I were looking for something to do in the evening. With horsetooth rock only being a 30 minute drive out of Fort Collins. It was the perfect option. the scenery was very cool and the local deer are very friendly. It's not a hard hike, however when getting to the horsetooth you do have to scramble up the rocks which could be difficult for some. Overall a very fun hike and much recommended!

Great hike. The first 3/4 has no shade and today was clear skies and 84.After that beautiful views, breezy, well maintained trails and more shade.

It was amazing a scenic adventure great for kids an awesome first hike!

Loved the hike with my family, 3 generations hiked together and we are all at different skill levels! It is amazing for family and anyone who wants to enjoy a simpler hike!

This is a great hike! Last time I tried to do this trail it was way way too muddy about halfway up. But today it was perfect! I went around noon and was out for a couple hours, my tracker said 4.5 miles by the time I got back to the car. Make sure to wear sunscreen as there is no tree cover and bring lots of water. It was about 90 degrees today and sunny but I still enjoyed the hike! Pretty easy hike with lots of flat areas and a few hogbacks. Great 360 view at the top!

Love this hike! Have fun!

1 month ago

93 degrees today and barely any shade to speak of on this trail! Tons of barking prairie dogs and pups along the west side of the trail loop and mamma and baby ducks in the pond. Great views, but definitely recommend this hike for a cooler or more overcast day!

on Pineridge Trail

1 month ago

Loved this hike. It was somewhat hard to find w/Google Maps. Ignore Google directions. Do not turn onto Riverside, keep on hey to entrance

This time of year the crowds are out daily, not just on the weekend. Get there early for good parking. After you hike to the falls, take Spring Creek trail to see a pretty little valley and lots of birds (if you go early in the morning). Lots of wildflowers are out right now, too. Because it's breeding season, you'll have to turn up Soderberg trail where it intersects Spring Creek since the rest of Spring Creek trail is blocked from use right now. You can either hike up to the tooth or head back to the parking lot from there. Great hike!

1 month ago

Starting at the parking lot off Overland Trail Drive it's a nice easy flat hike to the foothills. There's no shade so bring extra water on a hot day. On the Foothills trail you'll see the open space is abutted by private farms, but gorgeous views of the foot hills. You don't want to miss the view from the top. Awesome views of Fort Collins and the Reservoir from up here. There are pit toilets at the parking lot off Overland and Michaud Spur. Birds included redwing black birds as there are some marshy areas and a little creek. Trail is open for hikers, runners, dogs, and bikes so keep one ear bud out.

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