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50 Reasons to Love Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins

Of all the wonders of our world, in Fort Collins we have the Horsetooth Reservoir, 50 reasons to love it.

Back view off of boat at Horsetooth 080314 D Dennison


  1. Nearly 7 miles long, north-south, and half a mile wide
  2. A supplementary source of municipal water for Fort Collins and other communities
  3. Easy on-off access for boats, kayaks, canoes and more
  4. 25 miles of shoreline, in normal water level times
  5. It’s name comes from a rock formation that sits above the body of water
  6. The story behind Horsetooth involves an American Indian Legend, when the then ‘Land of Contentment’ came to be known as Horsetooth when an Indian Chef battled a giant, turning him to stone
  7. Boating
  8. Fishing
  9. Water skiing
  10. Wakesurfing
  11. Camping
  12. Picnicking
  13. Hiking

    James at Horsetooth D Dennison
  14. Tubing/Rafting
  15. Staying in cabins
  16. Dog friendly
  17. Marina with rentals and extras
  18. Wedding area
  19. Reunion gatherings
  20. Over a handful of cozy coves
  21. Shoulders Lory State Park
  22. 3 Boat ramps
  23. Port a Potty’s
  24. Grill areas
    Horsetooth Sunset D Dennison


  25. Over 80 years old
  26. Bouldering, some of the best around
  27. RV spots
  28. Showers
  29. Pet friendly
  30. Swim beaches
  31. Horseback riding trails
  32. Annual park passes good for a full year from date of purchase
  33. Quick drive and short distance from many locations
  34. Stunning views

    Horsetooth D Dennison
  35. Reasonable day passes
  36. Ducks
  37. Geese
  38. Friendly staff
  39. Cycling
  40. As of July 29, 2014 99.2% full
  41. Boating allowed from May, typically, to the end of October
  42. Walleye
  43. Sunbathing
  44. Family
  45. Friends
  46. Covered areas
  47. Scuba diving
  48. Wildlife conservation classes
  49. Memories
  50. Lazy Days

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