Hot Spot: Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado


Horsetooth Reservoir is just west of Ft. Collins, and about an hour and a half north of Denver.


For the adventurer who leans toward water sports, this is heaven. It’s huge reservoir in the foothills surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of public lands. Horsetooth is a great place for fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing, bouldering and water skiing. It is open year round, too.

Rock Climbing on the shores of Horsetooth Reservoir.

Rock Climbing on the shores of Horsetooth Reservoir.

There are more than 29 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult at the adjacent Horsetooth Mountain Open Space that allow hiking and horseback riding in addition to mountain biking. So if you aren’t swimming or fishing, you have a lot of other options.

In addition to camping, there are a handful of cabins available to rent.

Horsetooth Reservoir is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project which diverts water from the west slope of Colorado to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower generation.

The reservoir sits at an elevation of 5,420 feet. If you need a great escape right along the Front Range, this just might be the place.

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