Spring Canyon Park

Spring Canyon Park. Photo Credit: Stewart M Green – OutThere Colorado.

Spring Canyon Park is one of Colorado’s best and most beautiful urban parks. The 100-acre community park nestles against Pine Ridge on the western edge of Fort Collins, offering gorgeous mountain views. Spring Canyon (opened in 2007) has recreational facilities for every interest. The park at the end of West Horsetooth Road has three lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, four picnic shelters, three ball fields, various sports fields for soccer and football, a horseshoe pit, volleyball courts, a skateboard park, a free-ride mountain bike course, a great dog park, an inline hockey rink, an interactive water feature, and Inspiration Playground, the state’s first handicap accessible playground. The park, with a couple miles of paved trails, also offers access to Spring Creek Trail, Pine Ridge Natural Area and nearby Cottonwood Glen Park. The Veterans Plaza in the south part of the park honors military men and women tied to northern Colorado.

Pro Tips

  • Inspiration Playground is a stunning play area for kids of all ages with more play equipment than any other area park. The handicap-accessible playground, specially designed for disabled children, has a spacious sand area with small equipment for children ages 2 to 5; a teeter totter that’s wheelchair accessible; lots of swings; elevated walkways with tunnels, slides, climbing apparatus; and a giant slide built into a cliff. Children love scrambling up the slab terrain by the slide. There’s also a buried sleeping giant that snores when his nose is tickled. Look out the field on the north side to see the toes of his feet sticking out of the ground. The playground surface is a durable but soft material that’s easy to walk on or roll a wheelchair across. Next to the playground is a popular splash park.
  • The splash park by Inspiration Playground on the southern end of the park is the perfect kid escape for hot summer days. Activate the water features with three black sensors on the splash pad. Cooling water and spray fills the air, making for a fun playtime.
  • The Spring Canyon Dog Park is sure to make your dog smile. The two-acre fenced park has lots of play structures, agility equipment, water fountain, trees, benches for owners, a separate area for shy or small dogs, and its own lake for your dog to take a summer dip. The turf includes grass, dirt, and crushed gravel. It’s busiest in the morning and after 5:00 p.m. in summer. Make sure your dog is socialized for proper interactions with other dogs and people, and don’t forget to pick up your dog’s waste.
  • Veterans Plaza next to the Dog Park is a public place to honor military men and women in northern Colorado. The tribute plaza has trees, paths, boulders, a Victory Garden, and a 500-seat amphitheater. The garden has soils from battlefields, cemeteries, and military installations around the world. Two rock walls feature monitors that scroll the names of veterans and remind visitors of their sacrifices. A statue of a soldier holding a child is in the middle of the plaza.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round.

    —Stewart M. Green


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