Dream Lake iced over - RMNP

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Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Fire restrictions in effect:

Fires in metal grates only. Fuel stoves and grills OK (no charcoal). No open flames outside of metal grates. No smoking outside unless on established roads or parking areas.

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The scenic 2,711-acre Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (consisting of Culver, Soderberg, and Hughey Open Spaces) covers elevations from 5,430 to 7,255 feet. Its 29 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails connect to the Blue Sky Trail and Lory State Park trails.

The outstanding Horsetooth Rock is a familiar local landmark visible from the plains. This open space is also known for Horsetooth Falls in the spring, and for tremendous Front Range views. Drinking water is available at the trailhead. Please carry enough for your hike or ride.

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space requires entrance permits, is open year round, and is located west of Horsetooth Reservoir, 4 miles from Fort Collins and 12 miles northwest of Loveland. Horsetooth Mountain Trailhead is open 24 hours a day; Soderberg Open Space Trailhead is open dawn to dusk.

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Fires and firewood collection are prohibited.
  • Firearms and fireworks are prohibited.
  • Dogs and other pets must be on leash at all times throughout the park. Loose dogs may be impounded.
  • Hunting or trapping of wildlife is prohibited on all lands and water administered by Larimer County.
  • Camping is allowed in the backcountry only and is prohibited in the parking lot. Check in with a ranger.



Park Entrance Permits

Horsetooth Open Space Information

Background Image: Dream Lake frozen over in Rocky Mountain National Park by Bryce Bradford. All rights reserved.