This weekend we decided to check out a park I’ve heard a lot about from our neighbor. Saturday was cold and windy so when Sunday was sunny and much warmer, we packed up the kids and the dog and headed to Spring Canyon. Spring Canyon is a treasure in the Foothills – head west on Horsetooth until you can’t drive anymore. The foothills will be a 1/4 mile or so ahead and you can just see Hughes Stadium to the north.
This park is huge, boasting 100 acres of fun. The southeast section hosts the playground, or should I say playgrounds, and a sledding hill. The “big kid” area is a very large climbing structure with all kinds of slides, monkey bars and bouncing bridges. Access to the structure is via ramps, making it friendly to wheelchairs. This also means scooters and bikes can ride on there, which is not necessarily a great thing. There’s a slide built right into the rocks, a huge rock for climbing (or hiding in the cave underneath) and 4 sets of swings. There are covered picnic tables and restrooms nearby. The toddlers have their own climbing structure and swings, along with a sand area. In the summer there are water jets to keep the kids (and parents) cool. Awesome. The kids spent 2 hours here and had to be dragged out, even though it was well past lunch time and we hadn’t thought to pack a lunch. This is also the first universally accessible playground in Colorado.
West of the playground is a large field, perfect for frisbee, flying a kite, or as we saw one party doing, shooting off rockets. Continuing west past the field are the tennis courts, baseball fields and skate park. South of this area is the dog park. This is a 2-3 acre area with loads of room for dogs to run. There’s a smaller area for the smaller a shier dogs, tunnels and other fun things for the dogs to run through and water fountains. As with all dog parks there are bags provided for picking up after your dog.
This entire southern part of the park is serviced by a parking lot accessed from Horsetooth Road. If you enter the park from Overland Trail, there are basketball and volleyball courts and a soccer field, plus more covered picnic areas. At the northeast corner is the butterfly pavilion.
There are plenty of trails for walking or biking and lots of open space. We look forward to returning to Spring Canyon soon and checking out some of the other areas we did not visit last time.
Spring Canyon Park is located at 2626 W. Horsetooth Rd. in Fort Collins.
Playground ground covering: Rubber mat
Playground water feature: Yes
Handicap accessible: Yes