Best river trails in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Explore the most popular river 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.
Map of river trails in Fort Collins, Colorado
Top trails (7)
#1 - Horsetooth Mountain Trail
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 56 m
This addition to Horsetooth Mountain Park can be found just northwest of Inlet Bay at Horsetooth Reservoir, nestled against the eastern slope of Horsetooth Mountain. This is the former home of one of Larimer County's pioneer families. Prior to European settlers, this was the land of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe.Show more
#2 - Poudre River Trail
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
A well-maintained, shaded, paved path along the river good for all ages and skill levels. Accessibility: The main trail surface is paved and it is typically at least five feet wide. It is mostly gentle with an estimated max grade of 4%. There are many offshoot dirt trails but they may be steeper and narrower.Show more
#3 - Reservoir Ridge Trail
Reservoir Ridge Natural Area
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
There are about 5 miles of soft surface trail. Reservoir Ridge is the northern end of the 8.2 mile Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail connects Pineridge, Maxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas. Trail markers show you the way. Biking on the Foothills Trail is for the experienced cyclist. Visitors to this foothills natural area enjoy its rugged trails, access to the 8.2 mile Foothills Trail, wildlife viewing opportunities and a feeling of remoteness- all close to Fort Collins. Youll see dramatic rock outcroppings, grasslands, mountain mahogany shrubs and a few ponderosa pines. Views of the city, the foothills and Horsetooth Reservoir are great from the trails!Show more
#4 - Poudre Trail
Lee Martines Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
#5 - Howard Trail
Lory State Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
This challenging 2.1 mile trail connects the upper mountain trails to Lorys valley trails on the south end of the park. Howard Trail offers an alternative route of return from the Arthurs Rock Trail and connects upper Timber Trail and Westridge Trail to create loop opportunities for all backcountry activities.Show more
#6 - Wilcox Trail
Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 34 m
Easy, loop trail. Mostly shaded but a sun hat is helpful. During May, the phlox are in bloom and beautiful. Show more
#7 - Stout Loop via Horsetooth Falls Trail
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m