I think the close up is not as nice..:)
To get there drive west on Harmony Rd in Ft Collins past Taft Hill Rd.
The road will continue up to Horsetooth Reservoir. Follow the road around the south side of the reservoir and up through a small brown-wood community.
Trailhead is about a mile from the boat ramp on the right.
The trail is a short, 2.5 mile hike up a fairly steep grade to Horsetooth Rock, elevation is 1500ft so take a rest as you climb..
It is a nice hike, there is a fee of 6$/car..
and be aware that there is leash control when you bring your pet...
Everybody who's lived in or visited Ft. Collins has seen Horsetooth Rock.
It is a very prominent landmark visible from anywhere in the Ft. Collins area. Although its resemblance to a horse's tooth is dubious, everyone knows it by that name.
It towers 7,300 ft only a couple of miles from the edge of town, just beyond the reservoir which bears the same name. Up until 1982, it was private property owned by the Soderburg family, but became one of the the first "open space" tax acquisitions of Larimer county...
Old Town is the downtown area of Fort Collins. There are plenty of great dining options here (Beau Jo's, Old Chicago, and Walrus Ice Cream to name a few). There is also plenty of shopping of all kinds. Part of old town has a large, brick pedestrian walkway. Parking may be a little difficult, but pull off to a side street (just watch out for those no parking signs.) At visitors bureaus around town, you can pick up a walking tour map. Plan to spend an hour or so just walking around and visiting a few shops. Located on the north end of route 287.
Fort Collins alone has 6 breweries - New Belgium, O'dell's, Fort Collins Brewery, C.B. Potts, Cooper Smiths, and Budwesier. I recommend New Belgium (FREE) and O'dells' ($3). They have awesome beers. New Belgium is wind-powered also!
There are a lot of great hikes in RMNP, for the seriously fit to folks who are happy with a stroll around a crystal mountain lake. The Park is about an hour's drive west/southwest from Fort Collins. You'll probably need access to a car unless you can find a tour leaving from Ft Collins, although for the truly intrepid the distance is bikable (3+ hours on a roadbike)!
IN THE SUMMERTIME, LOOK FOR THE FLORAL GARDENS on the east side of South College Avenue, just in front of the old Fort Collins High School building, and across the street from CSU.
Here the Horticulture Department of Colorado State University conducts trials on new flower hybrids, and you get to enjoy the results!
Rawah Dude and Guest Ranch is a special place 8,400 feet high in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, just south of the Wyoming border. A stunning spot in the secluded, wildlife-rich Laramie River Valley, it adjoins the 76000-acre Rawah Wilderness Area with its snowcapped peaks and 200,000+ acres of Roosevelt National Forest.
Horseback riding for all ages, hiking, scenery, the laid back beauty of Colorado's magnificent Rocky Mountains, the softly swaying alpine meadows, small, crystal creeks making their way sans effort to the valley below. I love Colorado!!!!!
Interesting combination of Science and History center. When I visited, there were displays relating to the history and geography of flooding in the Fort Collins area, as well as exhibits relating to various immigrant and native communities in the region. Focus upon relating history and science to children - this would be a good place to bring a family.
Beer-lovers' paradise. "It all started with a dream. . . Laid back dude returns from a European holiday with a passion for quality beer. . ." You know the story.
The founders of New Beligium are participants in a minor revolution in America, a revolt against the blandness and uniformity of Big Boring Beer. And kudos to them, for working so hard and succeeding so well. I admire too the values which become evident on a tour of the sleek, modern, and eco-friendly facility here. The guides and beer-pourers speak of New Belgium as if it's a cult, they have that glassy eyed reverence for the place that they work, and for the communitarian ethos that is maintained here.
The most famous beer brewed here their "Fat Tire Ale," so called because the owner took his mountain bike on his European tour. Don't worry - there's no rubbery taste!
Be sure to stop by the new Belgium brewery, the local brew of fort collins. You get free samples and a free tour in a beautiful brewery. It is a must for traveling to fort collins. It is easy to find if you go north on Linden street from the old town district.
Cruise down College Avenue, the north-south "Main Street" of Kearney. Here is a photo of the One Hundred block of South College Avenue today. Another photo in this set is the same block in the 1950's, so take a look at how it has changed. The 1950's shot was taken either by me or by my father, who had just sold his store on this block.
HERE YOU WILL SEE "MOBY ARENA", THE CSU BASKETBALL gym where a Hollywood movie called "One on One", starring Robbie Benson, was once filmed. In the foreground of the Moby Gym photo is the McGraw Building, which is the Athletic Department. It is named for the late Fum McGraw, a CSU All-American who went on to play for the Detroit Lions, and later returned to CSU and became Athletic Director.
You will also see the Student Center and the Library, both excellent college facilities.
This is my school, also my wife's school, and we are proud of it. Its a good school.
THE OLD FCHS IS ON SOUTH COLLEGE AVENUE, now it is part of Colorado State University. The new FCHS has been built in southeast Ft. Collins.
The photos show how FCHS once was a dominant power in track and also football. FCHS won 16 consecutive state track titles, more than any school in the nation except Little Rock (Ark.) Central. In those days there was a national championship meet as well, and FCHS either won that or finished in the top 3 several times. The track coaches were George Washington Scott (head coach) and Theodore Roosevelt Blevins (asst. coach). Both were great men. Mr. Blevins was my math teacher in junior high. Coach Scott (everyone called him "coach") recruited my dad during World War II to teach aeronautics to pilots. Then, in the 1960's, he hired me to work at "Scotts Scientific Supplies" while I was in college. We made rock collections that were sold or displayed in museums and stores all over the country. Coach Scott also coached FCHS to more state football championships than any school in the state.
Frisbee golf is very popular around Ft. Collins. There used to be a great course on the CSU campus, that has now been removed because too many buildings were being hit. Your best bet is the 18 hole course at Eudora Park. The course layout changes from time to time, but currently you can park near the ice rink, and the first hole starts near the back of this building. You will need your own frisbee to play. Depending on the size and skill level of your group, this will take an hour or two. Enjoy the great outdoors!
Ballfields, batting cage, picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis courts, lake, paddleboats, miniature train, fitness course, trolley rides.....is more of a family park..
You can watch the 4th of july fireworks from the park..