This year, the area around Horsetooth Reservoir was voted the best place for hiking, running, rock climbing and camping. And with a location only four miles from Fort Collins, this natural area offers anything an outdoor-minded student could hope for.
Nearby Horsetooth Mountain Park alone boasts 29 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, according to the Larimer County website. Not only that, but Horsetooth offers numerous rock climbing spots and views of its crown jewel: Horsetooth Reservoir.
The trails, swimming and camping might be the reasons students go to Horsetooth, but the natural beauty is the reason they keep going back.
Sophomore biological sciences major Scott Sieke said he loves the close proximity of the reservoirâ€™s beach to rock climbing and hiking spots. He added it that he thinks itâ€™s the most beautiful spot in Fort Collins.
â€œI usually go in the late afternoon,â€ Sieke said. â€œThere is nothing as gorgeous as the sunset over the reservoir.â€
Sieke isnâ€™t the only person who appreciates Horsetooth for its beauty. Travis Rollins, the park manager of Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, doesnâ€™t take it for granted either.
â€œThe best part of my job is managing the beautiful natural resources in the area,â€ Rollins said.
Rollins said students come back not just because it is close to campus but for many of the ever expanding list of attractions. He cites a day hike to Horsetooth Rock as one of the most popular attractions to the open area.
Rollins also said that the improvement, such as the addition of the Blue Sky Trail and updates to parking areas, are gems that draw students.
College Avenue Reporter Kristin Hall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.