Here at The Great Outdoors RV, we like spending our weekends away from the campers to enjoy our weekends in the campers. Colorado’s own Horsetooth Reservoir is one of our favorite spots! Ranking third on Foursquare’s list of best lakes in the United States, it is a spectacular place to unwind, relax and spend time doing your favorite activities with your favorite people. Horsetooth Reservoir is nearly six and half miles long when full. The park is surrounded by 1,900 acres of public land in the foothills of Fort Collins, allowing plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy the popular destination. Here are just a few reasons why this is one of our go-to camping spots in our neck of the woods.
Perfect Camping Locations
In Horsetooth’s case, there really are no bad camping spots. All 155 campsites are within walking distance from the lake.
With some, you can practically dip your toes into the water from your steps.
Campsites range from 20 to 90 feet in back in and pull through spots.
Trails For Every Level
Horsetooth has some incredible trails that our guys love to spend time exploring. From wildlife to always changing Colorado sunrises and sunsets, you never know what you’re going to find! Whether you’re looking for a simple hike to cool off under a waterfall, a horseback ride through an open space or a more difficult bike trail, Horsetooth’s 27 designated trails offer it all.
Head over to http://www.larimer.org/parks/htmp.cfm for more information.
Though we personally chose the paddleboards (which were a hit with the kids) the reservoir offers a spectrum of rentals including fishing, speed and pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes and hydro bikes at low hourly rates through the Inlet Bay Marina.
Pull up a chair and let the kids play! Located near the South Bay Campground, Horsetooth’s swimming beach offers a roped-off swimming area, covered picnic area, volleyball nets, changing/shower rooms and plenty of parking space.
There’s nothing better than ending the day cooling off with your family under the awning of your RV with the smell of a fresh fish fry in the air. According to The Denver Post, Horsetooth is often voted one of the best fishing waters in the Western U.S! You’ll find quality fishing for walleye, small and largemouth bass, and all species of trout. The reservoir is open year round to fishing.
Looking to get in some volunteer work? Larimer County Natural Resources offers plenty of opportunities!
Trail maintenance, social trail mitigation, campground hosting, naturalist and ranger’s assistant internships, and opportunities for photographers are just a few on their list.
- Take I-25 north to the Harmony Road/Timnath exit (#265).
- Turn left (west) continuing on Harmony Road for 7 miles where it becomes County Road 38E at the Taft Hill Road intersection.
- Continue west on County Road 38E approximately 4 more miles to the entrance at the south end of the Reservoir.The entrance to South Bay (including campground, Group Pavilion, and swim beach) is at the south end of the reservoir. Watch for signs. To get to Inlet Bay (including Inlet Bay Marina and Inlet Bay Campground), continue west on 38E 1 3/4 miles past the South Bay entrance. Watch for signs and turn right on Shoreline Drive.
- From Highway 34 (Eisenhower) go north on Wilson. Wilson becomes Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins. Turn left (west) onto County Road 38E and continue west to the reservoir.
- Continue directions from #3 above.
From Fort Collins:
From Harmony and Taft Hill Road turn west onto County Road 38E.
Continue from #3 above