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    259 S. College Ave
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • Telephone: 970-484-3883
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What to See in Fort Collins – Horsetooth Reservoir

Looking to see something iconic in Fort Collins? Have we got a sight for you! Have you heard about Horsetooth Rock and Horsetooth Reservoir? If you haven’t heard of these fantastic outdoor destinations, we’ve got all the details right here for you!

Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins

There’s no better place to get out into the sunshine and the fresh air at Horsetooth Reservoir! his massive body of water was originally built to direct water from the west slope to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. This man-made reservoir is six and a half miles long, and has over 1,900 acres of public land. The natural area around the reservoir also has family-friendly hiking trails, easy access to the lake, and spectacular city views.

Horsetooth Reservoir is a must-see during your stay, not only for the fantastic hiking, boating, water skiing and other water sports, but also because it’s one of the closest spots to camp!

Take your family out for a day on the lake, or sit on the South Side bay beach and watch the boats go by. Grab some snacks and an umbrella from the front desk and head out to the trails for a day of sunny breeze, beautiful trails, and fantastic city views!

Horsetooth Reservoir Stats

Elevation: 5,420ft.

Public land: 1,900 acres

View the Reservoir Map Here.

Rent a Boat

Maybe you’re looking to cool off a bit? You can find out more information on how to rent a boat by going to the Fort Collins city website here.

Go Camping

If you’re looking for information on how to reserve a camping spot, see the Fort Collins’ city website.

To learn more about what you can see and do in and around Horsetooth Reservoir, check out the brochure, or call the Information Center at 970-498-5610.

Hike Horsetooth Rock

No trip to Fort Collins is complete without a hike up to Horsetooth Rock!

This trail has two options: one steeper, longer version that leads up to the famous “horse tooth” shaped rock that sits high above our city, and another shorter, yet absolutely beautiful hike through the woods to the waterfall that sits behind it. The 2 trails total 3.8 miles. (Note that there is a day fee to park in the lot for this trailhead. Ask the front desk for more details!)

This trail is a very popular hiking destination in the summer, so be sure to ask the front desk for tips on what to take, when to go, and what to see along the way!

After your hike, be sure to post your pictures of Horsetooth Rock and Horsetooth Reservoir to our Facebook or Instagram page!

Summertime in Fort Collins is just waiting for you to come and enjoy. Book your room with us, then get out there and explore! Looking for even more things to do? Check out our guide to The Best Place to Stay in Fort Collins, then book your stay with us! We can’t wait to share this spring with you.