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Horsetooth Mountain Park: Horsetooth Rock and Horsetooth Falls
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Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Park encompasses the Culver, Soderberg, and Hughey Open Spaces. The park is located on the west side of Horsetooth Reservoir, 4 miles west of Fort Collins and 12 miles northwest of Loveland. The park supports 29 miles of multipurpose trails through native grasslands, ponderosa woodlands, and rugged montane forests. Horsetooth Rock (7,256’) caps Horsetooth Mountain, the park’s tallest and most recognizable feature. Horsetooth Falls provides an easier, family-friendly option to a small cascade.
|Related Trails:||Horsetooth Mountain Loop|
A red fox scans the tall grass for a morning meal
Wildflowers line the Spring Creek Trail - the longest segment of the Horsetooth Mountain Loop
Horsetooth Rock from the West Ridge Trail
A hiker navigates the rocky scramble to the top of Horsetooth Rock
The Horsetooth Mountain Loop Trail descends thorough wide meadows with great views of the Horsetooth Rock area
Large outcrops dominate the Horsetooth Mountain landscape and provide shelter to a diverse set of wildlife
The Horsetooth Rock summit affords sweeping views of the Fort Collins back range
Healthy pine trees cover the area adjacent to the summit of Horsetooth Rock
After being likened to a giant heart by Native Americans - settlers renamed the formation after its resemblance to horse teeth.
Looking west towards Horsetooth Rock from the Spring Creek Trail
A lone tree marks the location where the trail ends and the scramble to the summit begins
Horsetooth Rock marks the highest point in all of Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
The Horsetooth Falls Trail
Looking up at a barely running Horsetooth Falls.
From atop Horsetooth Rock - views to the northeast of Fort Collins and Horsetooth Reservoir.
Healthy pine trees give way to beautiful rock formations as the trail nears the Horsetooth Rock approach.
The summit of Horsetooth Rock
The Horsetooth Falls Trail winds through a mixed grass prairie
Sandstone rock layers erode at different rates, resulting in spires and nobs along outcrops
The loop includes the Horsetooth Falls Trail which traverses through tall grass meadows