Hiking Trails Near Fort Collins

Hiking Trails Near Fort Collins

Are you interested in hiking in Fort Collins? There are many trails around the area for hikers of all ages and experience levels to try. Learn about the various hiking trails near Fort Collins to plan your next adventure.

5 of the Best Hiking Trails in Fort Collins

Enjoy spending time outdoors when you embark on hikes in the local area. Here are some of the best hiking trails in Fort Collins, whether you want something more challenging or need kid-friendly and pet-friendly trails.

1. Horsetooth Reservoir

One of the most popular hiking areas is the Horsetooth Reservoir. You can enjoy the spectacular landscape views as you hike along the multi-use trails. The Horsetooth Rock Trail on the reservoir is a common trail for people to hike. It is about 5 miles long and offers beautiful scenery, including a gradual shift from grass to pine trees.

2. Lory State Park

Whether you are a beginner or an expert hiker, the trails at Lory State Park are an excellent way to get outside and spend time with nature. With various trails spanning 20 miles and spread throughout the park, you can embark on different hikes, from short to long and easy to difficult. Most courses are multi-use, so be careful of bikers and horseback riders during your hike.

3. Coyote Ridge Natural Area

Consider visiting the Coyote Ridge Natural Area when you need kid-friendly hiking in Fort Collins. The multi-use trail is about 2 miles long and has a short interpretive loop after the first mile. The loop provides an interactive learning experience for all hikers. You and your kids can learn about the wildlife and plants native to the region. The trail also has about a 600-foot elevation gain.

The trail is popular for hiking, running and mountain biking. No dogs are allowed in the natural area.

4. Devil's Backbone

Another kid-friendly hiking spot is the Wild Loop Trail at the Devil's Backbone Open Space. The approximately 2-mile loop trail is mostly flat with some moderate climbs. You can enjoy the keyhole that gives a western view of Longs Peak.

5. Cache La Poudre River

A popular pet-friendly hiking trail in Fort Collins is the Poudre Trail next to the Cache La Poudre River. The path is over 12 miles long, perfect for walking your dog during the day. With its natural beauty and proximity to the river, it will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere when you are minutes from Downtown Fort Collins.

Camp With Fort Collins / Lakeside KOA Holiday

Take breaks between your hiking trips in Fort Collins by staying at Fort Collins / Lakeside KOA Holiday. The campground makes the perfect base camp when you need to rest after multiple day hikes. 

Start planning your next hiking trip by reserving a campsite at Fort Collins / Lakeside KOA Holiday today!

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