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Seaman’s Reservoir & Cliff Diving Near Fort Collins

Seaman Reservoir
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Fort Collins has a lot of beautiful hiking trails. Seaman’s Reservoir (please don’t laugh, we are all adults here) is about 15 minutes North of Fort Collins and is a great place to set up camp for an afternoon.


From Fort Collins, take College (Highway 287) North and follow it around as it leaves town and starts to town East. When 287 and Highway 14 split, take Highway 14 (also called Poudre Canyon Highway) East. Take a right and park at Gateway Park.


There are a couple different hiking trails that will take you all the way around the reservoir. The hike to the reservoir is about one mile in and one mile out. If you wish to walk further around the reservoir the trail is longer. The only steep part is near the dam. They have some camping spots you can stay the night at, as well as campfire pits you can use. There are launches for canoes and kayaks and such if you are willing to hike them in and out.

My favorite part of the reservoir is the cliff diving. After the hike to the reservoir, if you walk on the left side of the lake around about 1/3 of the lake, you will come to a little rock that sits about 25 feet over the water. It’s a great place for bringing some beers and enjoying the sun during a nice summer afternoon.

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And that’s it. Grab some buds, some beer, some burgers and have yourself and sweet day off. Seriously, you should take work off more often, life is short.

Please be careful with cliff diving, the water has been reportedly low this season, the last thing you want is to carry your busted friend back a mile and a half like all those bad survival movies.

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