Hikes Around Fort Collins To Do During Your Visit


Fort Collins is a beautiful city to visit any time of the year. Whether you are coming to help your child move into Colorado State University or you are just visiting the Rocky Mountains, there’s no shortage of things to do.


Solarium is a Fort Collins bed and breakfast located in the heart of the city. We have one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or three-bedroom suites for you to choose from that are cozy, comfortable, and convenient to downtown Fort Collins. Below, we’ll go over some popular hikes to do while you are here in Fort Collins. Book today!




Horsetooth Rock Trail


Perhaps the most noticeable feature of Fort Collins is Horsetooth. Its jagged peak (that truly does resemble a horse’s tooth) is distinguishable from all areas of Fort Collins. The trail is just a short drive from Fort Collins. This is a five-mile trail up and back. The trail is well-marked and easy to climb with stairs at the appropriate places. The summit can be a bit rocky, but the rest of the trail is tame. Older children can climb this trail with no problem. You’ll have a 360-degree view of Fort Collins from the summit. It’s absolutely stunning, especially at sunrise or sunset. Horsetooth Falls trail merges off Horsetooth Rock Trail and is a nice add on coming back down. This is a trail not to miss!


Greyrock Mountain Trail


Another popular trail is Greyrock Mountain Trail. Only 30 minutes up Poudre River Canyon, this trail is 7.5 miles long. At the top, you’ll enjoy a great view of the surrounding area and of Fort Collins. You do climb up 2,000 feet in three miles, which can be quite challenging, especially for visitors not used to the altitude. However, this trail is definitely a must-do.


Arthur’s Rock Trail


Only 3.7 miles round-trip, Arthur’s Rock Trail is part of Lory State Park. A relatively easy trail and well-marked, this trail goes through meadows, forests, and offers some great views of Horsetooth Reservoir and downtown Fort Collins at the top.


Hewlett Gulch Trail


If you are looking to hike in Poudre Canyon, Hewlett Gulch Trail is for you. This trail is relatively flat, but it goes through the mountains. There are a lot of stream crossings, which are fun for the kids to jump over (or in!), springs, and waterfalls. This trail is a little over eight miles long with a loop at the end. However, you can turn around anytime as you see fit.



Coyote Ridge Trail


If you are looking for geologic formations, then the Coyote Ridge Trail is for you. Here, you’ll see the Hogsback formations that form a lot of the front range itself. At only three miles long, this trail is great for those on a time-crunch. The trail begins flat but then rises over a Hogsback and connects to other trails, such as Rimrock Trail.


Devil’s Backbone Trail


Devil’s Backbone is a relatively short trail at 4.3 miles long. It’s an out and back trail with a loop at the end of the trail. Here, you can see a rock formation that gives the trail it’s name that is a long line of tall rocks resembling a backbone. There are various trails that cross this one that you can take that make the hike shorter. You can just hike up to the Keyhole, which is a spot you can see great views of the mountains through a large hole in the rock, including Longs Peak.




Solarium wishes to be a place of respite for travelers. Offering affordable suites, Solarium offers comfortable accommodations dear downtown Fort Collins. Choose from three-bedroom, two-bedroom or one-bedroom suites, some with their own bathroom. We offer a large indoor atrium that you can enjoy any time. In addition, we offer bikes for rent for you to explore Fort Collins on your own, free waffles and coffee, a community kitchen, and free Wi-Fi. 


Solarium is close to parks, cafes, shopping, and grocery stores. We are a great place to rest for just one night as you move on to your next adventure, or a place where you can extend your adventures and have a central base. Book with us today!


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