Reservoir Ridge Natural Area – Dog Hiking
Dog walkers visiting this foothills natural area will enjoy its rugged trails, wildlife viewing opportunities and feeling of seclusion – all close to Fort Collins.
Shared by hikers, bikers and equestrians alike, you and your dog will enjoy dramatic rock outcroppings, grasslands, mountain mahogany shrubs and a few ponderosa pines. Likewise, views of Horsetooth Reservoir are great from the trails.
Common wildlife sightings along the dog-friendly trails include mule deer, fox, prairie dogs, and the occasional rattlesnake. For your dog’s safety they are required to be on leash at all times. If you use a retractable leash, be sure to keep a short lead with a clear line-of-sight to upcoming terrain. It is suggested you carry a pet first aid kit and know how to use it.
As always, make sure you have plenty of fresh food and water for you and your dog. This is a popular dog walking area and your dog will need snacks to refuel along the way. Be prepared to pick up your dog’s little packages and leave the trail as you found it for the next person to enjoy.
There are about 3.5 miles of soft surface trail. Reservoir Ridge is the northern end of the 6.8 mile Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail connects Pineridge, Maxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas. Trail markers are prominent along the way
Parking lots can be found on Centennial Drive/ CR 23 and at the west end of Michaud Lane. Horse trailer parking is available with one spot at Michaud Lane parking lot and two spots at the Centennial parking lot.