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DescriptionHorsetooth Reservoir is characterized by mostly bouldering, but there is top rope and trad too, and they have recently had anchors put in at the top for lowering. It is sunny all year. In the summer, it is so damn sunny it'll kill you. The rock is pretty clean, since it has been climbed for years...plus who doesn't like Ft. Fun. I believe Rock & Ice called Horsetooth one of the ten best places to boulder in the world.
Currently, there is no camping at Rotary Park and there is a $6 fee for the day use parking lot. 45 minute parking on the dirt pull off is allowed. Also, at the 420s, a Colorado Habitat Stamp is currently required for all people heading back to the boulders and they must have it with them. It can be purchased for around $10 (instead of a $70 ticket).
You have to stop at Yong's Korean Cuisine 1232 W. Elizabeth St. (970) 482-4885 for grub, cheap and awesome.
The Southeast Reservoir access has been clearly marked as private land for 25 years.
Getting ThereFrom the town of Ft. Collins, head towards the mountains on W. Horsetooth Rd. Go left on South Taft Hill. Go right on 38. Take that up into the reservoir. At the first intersection, bouldering is on the right. Or go right, when you get over the bridge park and walk uphill to get to Duncans Ridge. Walk uphill about 5 minutes and then descend via the obvious 4th class descent. A map of the park can be seen at:
Mountain Lion Alert
Note, mountain lions have been seen in the area. Pay attention to small children and pets while out and about.
Per Chris N: from the Larimer County website: "due to Homeland Security restrictions, no recreation activity is allowed on dams or within 100 feet of dams when on land."
Classic Climbing Routes at Horsetooth Reservoir
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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