Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

We thought we were doing the easier Kreutzer trail as there are two entrance points in the picnic area that you can get on the trail. It was a bit difficult for my 8 and 10 yr olds. Lots of burned and beetle kill trees. We will come back for the easier trail and the kids can build up their strength for the harder one.

3 days ago

Great loops with cool breeze off the ponds! Easy walk close to town, will def come back!

hiking
6 days ago

Low intensity hike. The scenery is beautiful, but there is no shade so bring lots of water and sun screen! I saw two rattle snakes while hiking. Also they’re plenty of mountain bikers, so be cautious.

Beautiful hike! The view is amazing

I like this trail, but I logged about 6 miles instead of 4.8 like it says. Just be aware!

Absolutely fantastic. Wonderful hike with rewarding scenes and serenity from top of the tooth. Lots of people in the parking lot, nobody on top. Everyone scattering could have been due to periods of heavy rain and maaaybe some lightning. Stayed away from summit until storm cleared. Spectacular!

hiking
11 days ago

Great for what it is. And that’s a nice hike, with a nice view, that’s close to town. Go on a weekday, otherwise you’ll be fighting the crowd. I went in a Thursday and it was still busy. Lots of mountain bikers on the trail.

Ps I moved to CO from FL about 10 days ago and having been trying to adjust to the elevation. My dog and I struggled on the way up with this one. Be sure to bring lots of water for you and your furry friend if you’re new to this elevation!

12 days ago

Mileage on the All Trails app is inaccurate, it is closer to 5.2 miles. Counterclockwise, the descent is challenging and slippery and steep. If we do it again we will go clockwise so we can have a calmer and more enjoyable descent. $6 to park. Bring lots of water, sunscreen, a hat and rain gear. Leave the dog home so you don’t annoy other people on the descent.

Great hike for kids but much better in the Spring. We didn’t do the loop, only to the base of the falls for a snack, then to the top of the falls and back down. 2.6 miles round trip. My two boys are not strong hikers. I carried my 5 year old for a bit of the hike back and my 6 year old was moving slow. We saw a lot of wild flowers and a few birds. This time of year (Aug 1) the falls are only a trickle. There is very little shade until you get to the falls so go early.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this trail about a week ago with a large group and absolutely loved it. Trail isn't too difficult until the very end going up the actual rock which requires a very small amount of climbing.

We did encounter a medium sized rattlesnake on the trail as well, so be on the lookout. The area is full of toads and deer as well.

The top of horsetooth was truly breathtaking. It offers a nearly 360 degree view of everything and the sunset was gorgeous. Definitely worth it for an evening hike, just bring a headlamp for the return trip. For some people there was no cell service, so if you're an out of towner like me, make sure you have a ride arranged prior to hiking, or at least someone who can hotspot you. Would love to go back for a sunrise hike!

It was beautiful, it didn’t take long to do. I wouldn’t get excited if you planned on seeing a waterfall, it’s more like the leaky hose someone mentioned before... but views are worth it.

Nice run.

hiking
24 days ago

Worth the drive.

Trail signage could use improvement.

off road driving
25 days ago

First off road trip in Colorado. Went in my 98 TJ with stock suspension and 31in mud terrains. It was very challenging but doable. Took a few scrapes to the bottom but no real damage.

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.

Took two ATVs at the end of June. Heart Attack Hill lived up to its name. Check out our YouTube video going through the chutes. We took the trail start to finish. Amazing variety of butterflies and a good mix of terrain. Saw a lot of mountain lion scat on the trail at the top.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_hh2BR_DIZI

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! First 3/4 mile is pretty flat. Then it starts with switch backs and some incline. Have done this multiple times with kids, dogs, and girl scouts. The view at the top is wonderful! No shade until you get to the top be sure to bring water

hiking
1 month ago

Great cardio workout. Steep incline. the primitive trail on the way down was a bit scary. Look for the rock markers to know you are going to right way. I had my dogs with me but had I known the way down was primitive trail I would have gone down the way I came up. That trail was very well done. No one else was out on the trail when we went. Lots of great views. Not much shade.

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 :)

nice hike, not hard, lots if sun shine and open spaces with lovely sprawling views.

Great trails! Just not much to see .

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!

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