Best Easy Day Hikes Fort Collins  by Mary Reed

Best Easy Day Hikes Fort Collins Guide Book

by Mary Reed (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Fort Collins  by Mary Reed
Often ranked as one of the best places in the country to live, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, a thriving economy, and—perhaps most important to quality of life— great access to outdoor adventure under 300 days of sun per year. Add thirteen local breweries, including the world- famous New Belgium Brewing, and après- hiking drinks are closer at hand than most trailheads.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes Fort Collins" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 24.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 24.

“Big sky country” is a phrase associated with Montana, but it applies just as well to Eagle’s Nest Open Space in northern Colorado. Hike through this expansive grassland with majestic vistas that chan ...
Livermore, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
Arthur’s Rock plays second fiddle to Horsetooth Rock, but in reality, the hike to Fort Collins’s second- most famous outcropping is an easier day hike and is more varied in terms of landscape features ...
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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In what seems to be the middle of nowhere, the Bent Rock Trail isn’t just a surprise, it’s surprisingly diverse and scenic. Parallel a creek through a small red rock canyon with the namesake bend in t ...
Norfolk, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
Start at the clear, riffling North Fork of the Poudre River and ascend to a mountain meadow so beautiful you’ll feel like Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music!
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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This is the ultimate birding hike. Bald eagles are common here in the winter, avocets are common in the summer, and you can hear the distinctive and melodious song of the western meadowlark year- roun ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
This is a great place to be a student of nature. Enjoy edge habitats of grasslands, cottonwoods, and the Poudre River. Listen and look for birds and enjoy walking over a suspension footbridge. Among t ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
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Tackle this trail at sunrise or sunset (or moonrise or moonset) to avoid the scorching sun of midday and to increase your chances of seeing wildlife like coyotes and mountain lions. Coyote Ridge is de ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
There are several lengthy trails to the summit of Crosier Mountain, but this shorter option takes you through a ponderosa pine forest, past an old mine opening, to several vistas, and to a mountain me ...
Drake, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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Ever noticed how many natural features are named with the devil in mind? Devil’s Tower. Devil’s Lake. Devil’s Rock Pile. And here, Devil’s Backbone. But the only thing devilish about this trail is the ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
The enjoyment of this trail begins before you get out of the car—driving through Big Thompson Canyon is a sight to behold. Just a dozen miles from Loveland, you’ll be hiking in the forest the entire l ...
Masonville, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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The trailhead sign for the Foothills and Reservoir Loop Trails could read “Welcome to Prairie Dog Town.” The southern half of this loop, which rings the 40-acre Dixon Reservoir, takes you through a pr ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
It might be a stretch to call the Greyrock Trail an easy day hike, but it’s not a stretch to call it a classic Fort Collins–area hike. Start at the Poudre River and ascend a mountain to a meadow and s ...
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
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The deservedly popular Hewlett Gulch Trail is a flat path along a riffling creek that you will cross a number of times in a relatively wide and open gulch. Bring your sandals or waterproof boots and e ...
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
The hike to Horsetooth Falls is an attractive alternative to hiking all the way to the top of Horsetooth Rock, which is not the easiest of easy day hikes. Any time is a nice time to hike to the falls, ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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Hiking in Fort Collins and not paying a trip to Horsetooth Rock is like being in Paris and not bothering with the Eiffel Tower. It’s the very icon of the city, so strap on your boots, walk to the top ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Just 45 minutes from Fort Collins, the trails on Mount McConnel provide more of an alpine feel than most hikes this close to the foothills. Start near the Poudre River in the popular Mountain Park cam ...
Livermore, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
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This otherwise- typical foothills hike affords views to the west of Horsetooth Reservoir, to the east overlooking Fort Collins, and north into Wyoming. The northern terminus of the 9.6-mile Foothills ...
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
Walk around these neighborhood ponds and along the Poudre River while taking in views of the mountains to the west and the watershed restoration efforts conducted here in 2014–2015. The North Shields ...
Laporte, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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Once a gravel mine, Riverbend Ponds is now a neighborhood natural area where you are guaranteed to see a variety of birds and other water- loving wildlife while you hike. The land that is now Riverbe ...
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
Start in grasslands and walk through a break in the red- rocked hogback ridge before descending to the shores of Horsetooth Reservoir on this hike that stands in contrast to most in Lory State Park.
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
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