Hike Arthur's Rock in Lory State Park

    3.7 miles 1150 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Josiah Roe

    Epic views of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains from 6,780' along with wildflowers and forests overlooking Fort Collins, numerous hogsbacks, and the Horsetooth Reservoir. 

    The climb to the summit of Arthur's Rock in Lory State Park provides relative isolation and solitude just 30 minutes from downtown Fort Collins along with great hiking, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

    Arthur's Rock Trail is the most direct route to the summit, and can be reached by entering the park (Lory Park Road off North County Road 25G) and driving south on the main gravel road till it dead ends in a parking lot.

    From there, follow the signs for Arthur's Rock trail all the way to the summit. Along the way you'll pass meadows, forests, and some epic views of Horsetooth Reservoir and downtown Fort Collins.

    In winter the trail can be covered in snow, so plan accordingly. 

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    Mountain Biking
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Picnic Area

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    Fun Hike With Great Views

    We live in Fort Collins and this is one of our favorite hikes that we typically do every Easter weekend. It's a great place to watch the sunrise and view the city of FoCo from a beautiful vantage point. Pro tip: Take your loved ones with you and pack a lunch. Then relax on top while you take it all in. Oh, and don't forget to stop at the ranger station on the way into Lorry State Park and pay your day use fee. It's a minimal cost and an easy way to give back to the park.

    Great views, beautiful in winter

    We went here in the winter on a foggy day and it was beautiful. The trail gives great views as you climb elevation!


    🥇Top Contributor

    5 months ago

    Favorite Fort Collins Hike

    If you can only do one hike while in Fort Collins I would do this one. The proximity to the town and the view from the top make this an awesome hike. You gain elevation quickly over a short distance but it is definitely worth the effort.


    🥇Top Contributor

    about 4 years ago

    One of the best in FoCo

    I was just going to go do this hike again to document it for The Outbound, looks like you beat me too it! If you are in the area you for sure have to do this hike, it is like Horsetooth rock with a lot less people! Great views of the city!

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