A great workout with gorgeous views of Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, and the Front Range.

The Reservoir Ridge and Foothills trail system around Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins is excellent for mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. During the winter it is particularly great for fat tire mountain biking, and the Foothills Trail is one of the best.

The trail itself is roughly a 8.5 mile point to point from the parking area at N. Overland Drive and Headwater Drive up and along the ridge overlooking the Reservoir down to the parking areas at either Banyan Drive or Dixon Canyon Road near the stadium in the Maxwell Natural Area. There are several other parking areas along the trail allowing riders to shorten the trip.

Further, the trail itself connects into several other systems including the Pineridge Natural Area. 

Pack List

  • Food
  • Water
  • Season-appropriate attire
  • Fat tire bike
  • Map
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RT Distance 8.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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