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The Best Hikes Near Fort Collins and Loveland

Tomorrow is National Trails Day! This holiday falls on the first Saturday of June each year, which allows hikers and non-hikers alike to get outside and take advantage of the wonderful trails winding throughout the country.

Because of Northern Colorado’s unique and rugged geography, there are several trails throughout the region. This — and the ever-present sunshine — makes the NoCo area a desirable destination for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, kayakers, and trail runners.

Before we take a virtual hike through some of our favorite trails in the area, let’s draw your attention to a National Trails Day event happening nearby!

 

Volunteer and Get a Free Lunch at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

June 4 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in Loveland is celebrating National Trails Day by providing an opportunity for community members to give back in a tangible way. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help maintain the trails within the natural area starting at 8 a.m. on June 4, followed by a free lunch at noon. The City of Fort Collins is hosting this event, and the project is sponsored by REI, Backcountry Delicatessen, and Larimer County Conservation Corps. You may register to participate for free on NatureTracker.

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Photos Courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Our Favorite Hikes Near Fort Collins and Loveland

 

Arthur’s Rock

Location

Distance: 3 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Arthur's Rock

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Project

Make the short trek to Lory State Park in Bellvue to enjoy impeccable views of Horsetooth Rock and Fort Collins at the summit of Arthur’s Rock. Take your pick from the two routes to the summit, both of which involve a rapid elevation gain, so you’ll be working hard to get to the top and enjoying a fast-paced journey on the way down. You’ll find a moderate amount of traffic during your hike, mostly consisting of hikers, rock climbers, and dog walkers.

Devil’s Backbone Nature Trail

Location

Distance: 4.4 Miles

Difficulty: Easy

Devil's Backbone

Photos Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Devil’s Backbone Nature Trail provides an enjoyable hike with views of the foothills and surrounding mountain scenery. Because of its popularity and proximity to Loveland, this is a trail with heavy traffic, including folks of all skill levels. Embark on this out-and-back trail with the family on a warm summer day — but be sure to lather on the sunscreen as this trail offers no shade!

 

Foothills Trail

Location

Distance: 4.1 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Foothills Trail

 

Foothills Trail in the Maxwell Natural Area is a common destination for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers in the area. Enjoy views of Fort Collins to the east and Horsetooth to the west as you increase your elevation with each step. This well-traveled trail is worth a visit if you haven’t yet crossed it off your NoCo bucket list!

 

Fossil Creek Trail

Location

Distance: 5 Miles

Difficulty: Easy

Fossil Creek TrailPhotos Courtesy of City of Fort Collins/John Robson

Travel 2.5 miles each way amidst the beautiful open space on Fossil Creek Trail, also known as Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area Trail. Because this trail is paved, relatively flat, and extremely easy to follow, it is the perfect place to take the family for some exercise on a summer afternoon. You might also pass lots of bikers and dog-walkers during your hike!

 

Grey Rock Trail

Location

Distance: 7.3 Miles

Difficulty: Hard

Grey Rock Trail

Photos Courtesy of ProTrails

Take the more difficult route or the less challenging trail to reach the summit on Grey Rock Trail. Either way you go, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views from the top of Greyrock Mountain. Not convinced? Here’s a taste of what you can expect to see at the summit after this 7.3-mile hike. Beware of some intense bouldering required in the last half-mile or so!

 

Horsetooth Rock Trail

Location

Distance: 5 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Horsetooth Rock Trail

Photos Courtesy of ProTrails

Horsetooth Rock Trail is somewhat of a Fort Collins staple. And for good reason! Just take a look around the waterfall featured on the hike to be convinced that each step on the 5-mile hike is worth it. The views from the summit of Horsetooth are spectacular — from exquisite rock formations all around to the lush, rolling hills in the distance. This is one of the best places to take in views of Northern Colorado!

 

Looking for a great Fort Collins biking trail in particular?

Let us point your wheels in the right direction.

 

In search of a perfect nearby hike for you and your dog?

Put the leash on and follow us to these dog-friendly hikes.

Bike Trails and Dog Hikes in Fort Collins


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