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Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Horsetooth Rock [Photo: Scott Bacon] Cliff along the trail [Photo: Charlie Johnson] Climbing to the top [Photo: Rick Price] Riding trail [Photo: Rick Price] Mountain Biking [Photo: Rick Price] Hikers on the HTMP trail system [Photo: Mike Strunk] Looking down from the trail [Photo: Rick Price] Reservable Group Use Pavilion  [Photo: Sue Burke]

The scenic 2,711-acre Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (consisting of Culver, Soderberg, and Hughey Open Spaces) covers elevations from 5,430 to 7,255 feet. Its 29 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails connect to the Blue Sky Trail and Lory State Park trails.

The outstanding Horsetooth Rock is a familiar local landmark visible from the plains. This open space is also known for Horsetooth Falls in the spring, and for tremendous Front Range views. Drinking water is available at the trailhead. Please carry enough for your hike or ride.

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space requires entrance permits, is open year round, and is located west of Horsetooth Reservoir, 4 miles from Fort Collins and 12 miles northwest of Loveland. Horsetooth Mountain Trailhead is open 24 hours a day; Soderberg Open Space Trailhead is open dawn to dusk.

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Fires and firewood collection are prohibited.
  • Firearms and fireworks are prohibited.
  • Dogs and other pets must be on leash at all times throughout the park. Loose dogs may be impounded.
  • Hunting or trapping of wildlife is prohibited on all lands and water administered by Larimer County.
  • Camping is allowed in the backcountry only and is prohibited in the parking lot. Check in with a ranger.



Park Entrance Permits

Horsetooth Open Space Information

Background Image: Rocky Mountain National Park by Sue Burke. All rights reserved.