Horsetooth Falls is perfect for families
Horsetooth falls isn’t far from the city of Fort Collins. It offers an easy hike that is perfect for a day trip with kids of any age over 4 or 5. (You know whether your child is old enough depending on how they handle walking without complaining).
It’s a 2.25 mile hike (round trip) that leads to some falls, rocks for scrambling on and a small/cave overhang. You will take around 2-3 hours for this hike.
The falls aren’t really that breathtaking in themselves, during the summer there is barely a trickle of water. Don’t let that put you off visiting however, because the journey to the falls and back will be one to remember for sure.
There are a number of choices in the area, but we always take the Horsetooth Falls trail.
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space outside of Fort Collins is a good place for families to hike.
Horsetooth trail, apart from the falls, has lots of fun ups and downs and crosses a creek. The best part of this area however is the surrounding open space, and the start and end of the canyon.
Entry to the area is secured by purchasing a $6 ticket at a kiosk in the car park. They take Credit and Debit cards if you forget to bring change. In the car park you will find a full service restroom and a drink fountain. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Things to watch out for in this area include deer, and poison ivy, both of which are fairly common. As with any outdoor activity, stay alert and don’t be complacent even if this is a fairly easy trail.
As with many hikes in this area, March to October are the best times to visit. If you go in the colder months, then then Horsetooth Mountain area would be described as a moderate hike.