Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Conditions

Park elevation: 7255'
Report last updated: 7/7/2017

Current Conditions

Park situation

For information on trail closures and conditions, visit

Please be prepared for snowpacked, icy and/or muddy conditions on trails. Yak-trax or similar traction aids recommended. Walking around mud widens the trail and kills vegetation on the edges of the trail. This increases erosion and reduces sustainability of the trails. Thank you for your cooperation!

The Horsetooth Mountain (upper lot), Soderberg (lower lot) and Blue Sky trailheads typically are over capacity during weekends, holidays and some weekdays. We recommend carpooling, coming during non-peak times (before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m.) and trying out other less-used open spaces. Please plan accordingly. Thanks!

Horsetooth Mountain Trailhead webcam:

Use the new automated pay stations at the Horsetooth Mountain, Soderberg and Blue Sky trailheads. The pay stations accept credit and debit cards for purchasing daily permits. Daily permits are $6.00 for the day per vehicle. Annual permits can be purchased online, at several vendors around town or at the gatehouse on the weekends.

For Natural Resources events and activities, check out the Events Calendar.

Weather conditions can change rapidly in backcountry areas, especially during fall and winter seasons. Dress in layers, carry extra clothing and be prepared for windy and wintry weather.


Backcountry camping is permitted at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. There are two designated backcountry sites that can be accessed from Horsetooth Mountain Trailhead. Backcountry camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is an informational sign along with a sign-in sheet near the gatehouse at the trailhead. You must sign in before you camp. This is low impact, leave no trace camping. Fires are not allowed. Camping stoves only. Please pack out all trash. To contact a county ranger or for more information, call (970) 619-4570.

Trail conditions

Horsetooth Rock Trail and Horsetooth Falls Trail are foot travel only due to the high use.

Trail maintenance is ongoing at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. All trails remain open during maintenance; however, you may encounter workers during weekdays or select weekends. To assist with Larimer County's Adopt-a-Trail program, please call (970) 619-4552.

Please report any concerns or trail problems to a ranger. Rangers can be contacted at (970) 619-4570.

Visit for real-time, official conditions and closure information for all trails managed by Larimer County Natural Resources, City of Fort Collins Parks and City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.


Mule deer, black bear, bobcat, foxes and coyotes are fairly common sightings. Mountain lions also reside within the property of Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. They are a rare sight even though they are year-round residents. Keeping small children close and dogs on leash while hiking is always a smart precaution.

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
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