Maxwell Natural Area Trails

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Trail Distance: 3.9 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 393 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

Hiking in Colorado is a perfect way to spend the day with the love of your life - your furry pup! While here, take some time to explore the Maxwell Natural Area for its trails in the city of Fort Collins, just north of Denver, and get out into the fresh mountain air!

You will be treated to two pawtastic trails here. The Foothills Trail and the Overlook Trail both meander throughout Maxwell Natural Area. Pick up the trailhead for the Foothills Trail at the County Road 42C parking lot and the Overlook Trail’s entrance can be found at the South County Road 23 parking lot, both just east of Horsetooth Reservoir. 

The Foothills Trail runs for a total of 8.2-miles throughout the area, but a portion of it lies within the Maxwell Natural Area. This is a 3.9 mile out-and-back section of the trail which meanders through the foothills with spectacular views of Fort Collins and surrounding mountain ranges. The trail is a dirt path which is frequented by hikers and bicyclists and makes a steady, easy climb. Your pup will love this trail.

The Overlook Trail is 1.5 miles long and meanders in a basic northwest-southeast pattern. It is an out-and-back dirt trail which horseback riders can also use, so sharing the trail is important for all to have a pawtastic time! You will be treated to open spaces, native mahogany shrubs and tons of wildlife who make this their year-round home. 

Restrooms are located at the parking lot trailheads, but you will need to remember to bring your own water. Keeping well-hydrated at these elevations is important for you both. Your fur-ever friend needs to be kept on leash throughout your journey here.

Make sure to put the Maxwell Natural Trails Area on the top of your hiking list today.  Your pup will thank you for it!

Trail Features
Grassland, Mountains, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

There is no shelter from trees along either trail. Please bring appropriate sunscreen and ways to keep your pup cool during the summer months.

Address
South County Rd 23
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
South County Rd 23
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM