Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
This large open space has 29 miles of rugged trails through shrubby slopes and open Ponderosa woodlands. One might see Bullock’s Oriole near the parking lot and Mountain Bluebird higher up. Keep an eye out for White-throated Swifts and raptors in the sky overhead. Mountain Lions roam here, though it requires tremendous luck to see one. This area is extremely busy, particularly on weekends and in the summer, so get there early!
Directions: From I-25: exit at Harmony Road and go west. Harmony Road changes to CR 38E; continue around the south side of the reservoir. About 1.5 miles past the reservoir, go north into the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space parking lot and look for the Horsetooth Mountain Trailhead.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Admission: Daily entrance fee
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Paved parking area
Lodging: Backcountry camping (permit required)
Handicapped Access: None