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Coyote Ridge Natural Area/Rimrock Open Space

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Coyote Ridge/Rimrock Trail

Area Fort Collins
Park/Forest Coyote Ridge/Rimrock
Trailhead Coyote Ridge Parking Area
Distance Roundtrip 7.1 Miles
Elevation Start 5132 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 556 ft
Features Foothills, Hogbacks, Plains
Dogs Allowed? No


This is a great hike from the plains up into the foothills with views of hogbacks, meadows and the plains below. The hike starts at Coyote Ridge Natural Area. Take the Coyote Ridge Trail, which starts flat and quickly climbs almost 600 ft into the foothills. You'll get great views of the plains and cities below. There's also a chance to spot wildlife. After about 2 miles you cross over into Rimrock Open Space. The only way to access Rimrock is through Coyote Ridge or the Blue Sky Trail. Continuing on to the Rimrock Trail, you travel through a beautiful valley with terrific views of the hogbacks. At the end of the Rimrock trail there is a small loop that provides access to the Blue Sky Trail. After finishing the small loop you hike back out the way you came in. There is also an optional 1/4 mile interpretive loop called the Hidden Clues Trail, which is near the cabin on the Coyote Ridge Trail.

Directions info

Get Directions in Google Maps →
Off Taft Hill Rd about 3.5 miles south of Harmony Rd.


Fort Collins Coyote Ridge Natural Area Page
Larimer County Rimrock Open Space Page
Coyote Ridge Trail Map PDF
Rimrock Trail Map PDF


The link to 'Directions in Google Maps' will open in a new window and give you directions from your current location to the trailhead. You can also change the starting location in the top field of the directions area. Note that for some rural trailheads the directions could route you to the nearest address it has, which could be a half mile down the road.

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