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.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike! Not a lot of sun cover so I’d recommend going on a cool overcast day. Views throughout are spectacular and the end of the trail is a great payoff. Would recommend!

Great trail with many different options. Right now there is horse poop on some parts of the trail, not inconvenient for me personally but my dog kept trying to eat it (yuck). Will definitely be frequenting this area.

hiking
3 days ago

Paved trail.
Nice view of the foothills.
Snake signs throughout the trail.
We hiked in the middle of May. Everything was nice and green, with an array of wild flowers. Lots of people walking, biking, and jogging with/without dogs.

Enjoyed this hike even though it was hot!! We went in the morning so not too bad. Well maintained path. Last part was the best! Walking up the rocks!

Easy family hike, lots of people.

This is a great family and dog friendly loop hike. There is a good amount of water flow this time of year (Early May) and tons of blossoms.

Easy flat paths with mountain and lake views. A lot of variety of birds and water fowl. Couple miles of trails, several educational kiosks/birding guides and many picnic tables. A little bit of road noise from I 25.

Went hiking with my two dogs and it was beautiful on top of Arthur’s Rock.

Good hike and good views... a little steep for kids after the falls.

horseback riding
17 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

What a great cardio workout! Beautiful views. Strong advice here: go counter clockwise. I am 99% confident that if we had gone up clockwise, I would have given up before the summit. I would go up counter clockwise and THEN back track the same way back hill. We did not do that, we finished the loop however, by finishing the loop, you go down massively steep, rocky terrain. It was exhausting and scary. Going back downhill should be the perk of the hike and not the worst feeling decision. They call it a “primitive” trail if that tells you anything. Have fun!

Great! A very fun hike for a family. Dog-friendly, beautiful trail! The fall was an actual FULL WATERFALL!!! I would definitely recommend for anyone! :)

This was my very first “hike” and I loved it. I’m traveling for work and had some time before I had to be in the office. So many pretty views! And some good exercise.

Steady incline with a well worn path. The gain and altitude may be challenging if you do not have a decent level of fitness and/or are not acclimated to the thinner air.

Easy, short trail that is doable for anyone. The falls are most active in the spring during the snow melt.

Nice trail that will take you up to 7000 ft

28 days ago

Good trail with great views of Horsetooth Res and Ft. Collins. Switchbacks were challenging but not overly difficult. Took Arthur’s Rock trail back. Loved the view at the summit of Arthur’s Rock. Go early. The later I gets the more the trail fills up.

Great hike when you have a couple of hours to kill. Well maintained. Moderate traffic. Very dog friendly. It was fun for my pup and I to get our feet wet once we got to the falls! Definitely go in the spring vs the summer to see the falls.

Great views of both Fort Collins and RMNP from the top.

This was the first time my 16 year old daughter and I have gone hiking, but my 18 year old son has been on several CO mountain trips. We managed just fine with trail running shoes, alternating walking and jogging, so I would guess that this is more easy-moderate than moderate-hard.Then again, we're all three long, long distance runners, so that could have helped a bit. We veered off and did some rock climbing, as well. Beautiful views, very quiet on a Monday afternoon, and overall a great introduction to hiking for us.

walking
1 month ago

How have I not tried this trail before? Easy loop. Moderate to little traffic. Dog friendly. Quiet. Benches with views. I’ll definitely be taking this trail again with my pup!

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail. Summit was kind of weak. I highly recommend you do this trail counter clockwise.

This trail is really beautiful! It passes by the falls, as well as a number of stream sightings that feed the falls. The Spring Creek portion of this trail was closed yesterday(no specific reason listed), so we had to take the soderburg trail instead which also offered some amazing views and intersects with the Horsetooth rock trail. When we got up to the top of the rock there was an intense fog rolling in and out around us. . .kind of gave the illusion that the mountains we're breathing. 3 1/2 hours start to finish with some time spent on top. Well worth the $6 entry fee!

I started late - 4pm on 4/07/18. A few people on the way to the falls but not a single soul after. Great weather; low 40's to start high 30's at finish. Trail was in great shape and this hike was far more rewarding than I expected.
After the falls, I started up Springcreek only to be turned around about a 1/4 mile up at the Soderberg connection: springcreek closed til the wathan connection. That turned out to be a blessing as I backtracked and took Stout (going from memory here) to Herrington back to wathan over to Horsetooth Rock. loved all the scenery esp. wathan and Horsetooth Rock. finished after 8 using a headlamp for a bit. def. coming back for some more.

hiking
1 month ago

First two miles are the most challenging. Settles after that with a few small sections with some elevation gains. Included Westridge Trail and part of Timber Trail to get a few more miles and a bit more elevation and created a 7.6 mile lollipop loop. Cold, cloudy, and fog at the start, but once above that you get the views the area is known for. Great hike.

Pretty good views, would recommend hiking boots, or something with some ankle support. We saw several deer, but the falls were barely flowing (not sure what the normal rate is though)

Love this hike! We do it quite often. Go early to avoid the crowds

straight and narrow. lots of bikers. no shade so wear sunscreen.

What an awesome hike! We were planning on doing the whole loop shown above, but a portion of the trail was closed (3/24) where Wathan meets Spring Creek. We used Herrington/Stout to get back to the parking lot, but it did end up being a very long hike. Worth it for the views!

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