Explore the most popular State Parks in Colorado with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 hours ago

Myself, my wife, dog and 10 y/o hiking machine
Enjoyed this trail on a warm Sunday afternoon.
The 0.5 mile from the parking lot to the beginning of the loop was flat, steep and honestly not that interesting. Once on the loop the trail and terrain
Became way more interesting. The constant sound of birds and ever changing views made this a very enjoyable loop. There are a few benches
and plenty of natural seats where you can sit and rest or snack. We are huge wildlife enthusiasts and we were rewarded with sightings of vultures, hawks, ravens, rabbits and about 12 mule deer.
This is a very good option for anyone wanting a remote hike without driving to far or being too challenged. We used this for practice for our Grand Teton/Yellowstone trip but we were so impressed we will be back.

This is a great ride, very peaceful. The views of the lake and of Fishers Peak are simply amazing. There are a few small valleys that offer a chance to get the blood flowing, the climbs coming out of these valleys is very easy. This is all west bound from the Camp ground. I have yet to ride it back from the Cokedale side. I ride this trail every chance I get.

hiking
20 hours ago

The hike was nice and only an hour or so drive from Denver. As someone already mentioned, you see a bit of everything from open fields, to pine forest to aspen groves. Parts of it were beautiful. There are several road crossings complete with power lines and parking lots that are not exactly scenic and you can hear traffic for a significant portion of the hike. There is one section with pretty great, expansive views of the surrounding mountains. Overall, the hike is not that physically demanding. We (my girlfriend and I) found that the trail highlighted on Alltrails did not match the trail we actually hiked and it was quite confusing and difficult to figure out if we were on the right trail at times. The confusion came from the title "Elk Trail" on the website. We started on Blue Grouse trail, then hopped on Mule Deer trail. In our attempt to follow our GPS on the Alltrails app we somehow ended up on a service road for a mile or two that was not part of the intended hike. Further, we did not see a single sign for "Elk" trail until the last two miles of the hike, which was confusing. Lastly, there was a pretty significant portion of the hike that was on Racoon Trail, which is not mentioned in the title or description of the hike. This was also confusing and left us wondering if we were on the right path. We essentially just did Blue Grouse Trail to Mule Deer Loop/Racoon Trail and abandoned the Alltrails map after we became lost on the service road. We have done dozens of hikes using All trails and this is the first one where we had difficulties figuring out where to go. It was definitely still worth it, but Alltrails was not much help with this one.

easy well maintained great views

Really cool rocks and rock formations. Nice trail. Vultures nesting and looking great on dead trees. On a sunny weekend afternoon there were lots of people around the southern parts and the connecting trails, and too much litter and dog poop on those busier parts of the trail for it to be fully awesome.

Nice trail that will take you up to 7000 ft

So beautiful! Easy for anybody to do and I loved all the sweet dogs on the trail. Came here on a beautiful day with perfect weather and was rejuvenated afterwards :) nice gem close to my place in Littleton, 20 mins away.

Starting exploring Foco nearby trails. Started at West Valley Trail and from there to Arthur's Rock Trail. I'd say easy to moderate, very busy families with small kids. The view from the top is great.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike for my daughter and I.

Great trail. Originally started off with the intent of doing just Burro Trail but decided to go up to Windy Peak. Climb up to the peak was still a bit messy / with a little snow but nothing terrible. Views at the top were amazing. Definitely worth going to see. Overall great hike with lots of challenging hills. Not a ton of people out. Bring cash ($7 for park pass).

Wildflowers are beginning to come out

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.

Did this trail 4/22. Little muddy in few spots but mostly dry and super fun. Some really awesome views once you get going as well. Third time hiking this combo and one of my all time favorites.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike. Did it counter-clockwise. Trail is clear for the first half; second half was more overgrown, but not bad. Was easy to stay on trail if you check the app periodically as the notes on the map are great. I took the path that goes up and down the side of the canyon to avoid the multiple creek crossings. The 1 place where you did have to cross, there were logs across (not real stable, but use an extra stick or hiking poles to help balance), so I didn’t even get my shoes wet. :) Would be unbearably hot during the summer, but nice today when the high was in the upper 60’s. Took about 4.5 hours (avid hiker in decent shape), but make no mistake, it is pretty challenging!

This trail is scenic as goes along a creek for a bit then it climbs considerably. The all trails mapping is incorrect as forgotten valley is within 2 miles. If you want a real workout continue up mountain lion trail until it meets back up with burro trail.

Earth Day! Two 9 year old boys, one lazier than the other, hiked bootleg-coyote-mule-barn- bootleg. We started around 10 am, stopped for 2 picnics and ended at 2:45.

The Coyote trail was difficult with the vertical gain, but best to do the work upfront and coast on down.

We had fun, likely will not return until fall to this trail. The meadows are filed with aspen and that will be gorgeous in October.

hiking
1 day ago

Earth Day! Two 9 year old boys, one lazier than the other, hiked bootleg-coyote-mule-barn- bootleg. We started around 10 am, stopped for 2 picnics and ended at 2:45.

We had fun, likely will not return until fall to this trail. The meadows are filed with aspen and that will be gorgeous in October.

hiking
1 day ago

Main trail was level and paved, good for bicycles. But we are hikers and we quickly got bored. So we explored the various side trails which were much more interesting. Saw a tree full of ospreys and nests, trout in the river, shady single-track trails, various waterfowl including a little cormorant... We recommend the trails that parallel the main trail if you are a hiker

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.

$8 per car so bring friends. Beautiful hike. The top part of this trail is closed until July 15, 2018 but you can still hike to the continental divide view.

No complaints. I go here at least 5 times a year. Hike, picnics, jog, ice cave exploring, photo-shoots and more.

Snowing on our hike. Trees looked beautiful. Mild moderate rating. Lots of rocks on the trail. Spikes unnecessary. Serene environment. Only one other hiker on a Saturday.

hiking
2 days ago

Very moderate hike, fairly easy. No great views. The only plus was no bikers allowed. Took this to Nelson Loop and was about run down by bikers flying through. Predominant thought was meh, kind of boring.

I’ve done this hike twice, once with my 12 year old son. Both times it was amazing. Definitely difficult going up the first part, super steep and strenuous. The second time doing this hike I paced myself with a very slow speed and was able to do the first half without having to stop once. The first time I tried going faster and would burn out fast and have to stop to rest. This hike is so worth it when you reach the top so don’t give up. And yes coming back down is harder than it seems with the loose dirt it’s easy to slip.

hiking
2 days ago

You enter this trail from the other side of South Valley Park Trai. Absolutely beautiful and enjoyable. Quick hike/run was perfect for snowy morning.

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

Did this hike 04/20/2018. Before getting to the entrance of the park, you drive very slowly through unpaved dirt road not leveled at all. The entrance to the park is $8 per vehicle. Once you enter the park the bathrooms are right at the entrance, no more bathrooms after that. The park is breathtaking. The hike is through canyons, steady incline going up, no climbing over rocks or difficult obstacles. I would rate this easy if you get tired just take more breaks. There is also a trail called Fowler Trail you can do after this hike. Fowler is a super easy trail, the views are amazing, plenty of places for pictures.

Pretty boring trail, not a lot of access to the water, lots of people, little shade. I did enjoy seeing the goats though.

hiking
3 days ago

Perfect

3 days ago

It was so worth it!

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