5 Ways to Enjoy the NoCo Outdoors Everyday


Okay, Northern Colorado friends. It’s time to talk favorite healthy summer activities in the region. This area is known nationally for our fit lifestyle, passion for movement, and amazing access to the Rocky Mountains. While we sure love our fitness events here at Fitness Festival Events, we are so thankful for all the daily opportunities to get moving and other ways to stay healthy too. Here are 5 of our favorite NoCo healthy summer activities.

Horsetooth Rock/ Horsetooth Falls

If you’ve been in Fort Collins/NoCo for any length of time and like the outdoors, chances are you’ve hiked to Horsetooth Rock. If you haven’t, you need to go! This 5.7-mile hike is heavily trafficked but full of friendly people and lots of pooches! If you are looking for a shorter hike, Horsetooth Falls is a 2.9-mile hike that takes you to a lovely waterfall if you can catch it at the right time of year (like right now!).

Coyote Ridge Trail

Looking for a trail with less traffic but still close to town? Coyote Ridge is a 4.1 mile out and back trail that is great for trail running and anyone wanting to soak in views of the Front Range. The location off Taft Hill/Wilson between Fort Collins and Loveland provides easy access for the NoCo community.

Windsor Lake

More and more people from around Northern Colorado are heading to Windsor Lake for water fun. Why? It’s gorgeous, less crowded than Horsetooth Resevoir or Lake Loveland, and the rental prices are unbeatable. Paddle boarding for only $5 per half-hour? Yes, please! You can also rent kayaks, canoes, and more.  And for family fun, the swim beach is an excellent choice.

Extensive Bike Trails

Fort Collins has done an excellent job of creating an expansive bike trail system through the city and beyond. Here’s a map showing all the bike trails, including the Poudre Trail, Spring Creek Trail, Mason Trail, and the Fossil Creek Trail. Whether you use these paths for exercise, commuting, or both, you can really get anywhere in Fort Collins by bike. And while some trails are urban, many have scenic, green sections going through many of the parks in town and out towards undeveloped areas too.

Fort Collins Farmers Market

Now is the time to take advantage of all the wonderful vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, and more at the Fort Collins Farmers Market. The market is on Sundays and Wednesdays on Harmony and Lemay near Kohl’s in Fort Collins. Vendors sell locally-grown produce as well as other homemade goodies like honey and jams. The farmers market is the perfect place to try something new and support the local economy.