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Horsetooth Reservoir, CO

Photo: Horsetooth Reservoir
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Apr 19 2015   Later Dates
Site, Loop:South Bay PM, South Bay Campground
Find Similar Sites Type:PAVILION Amenities:
Electric Hookup Pets Allowed Near Water Accessible
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Reservation Window: Wed Oct 22 2014 – Thu Oct 20 2016

Check-in: 2:00 pm

Departure date:
Check-out: 10:00 pm

Site Details:

  • Site Type: PAVILION
  • Site Reserve Type: Site-Specific
  • ADA Accessible: Y
  • Site Access: Drive-In
  • Hike In Distance to Site: 25
  • Checkin Time: 2:00 pm
  • Checkout Time: 10:00 pm
  • Type of Use: Day
  • Electricity Hookup: 30
  • Max Num of People: 225
  • Pets Allowed: Domestic
  • Max Num of Vehicles: 40
  • Driveway Surface: Paved
  • Driveway Entry: Pull-Through
  • Shade: Full
  • Site Length: 70
  • Site Width: 30
  • Proximity to Water: Lakefront
  • Lean To/Shelter: Y
  • BBQ: Y
  • Condition Rating: Prime
  • Location Rating: Prime
  • Looking For Category: Day Use
  • Picnic Table: Y
  • Platform: Y
  • Site Rating: Preferred
Photo: South Bay PM, South Bay Campground

Alerts and Important Information


In addition to camping permits. "daily" or "annual" permits are available at park entrances. Annual permits are available online, ahead of time. Allow two weeks for arrival before your trip.

The only alcohol allowed is 3.2%, in cans only - no glass containers - no kegs

Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. please be respectful of your neighbors and other campers

There is an additional charge for an additional camping unit parked on the site. At the park, campground hosts or rangers will collect $10

Park entrance permits, one for your vehicle and one for your boat, are required in addition to camping permits. These must be purchased before you get to your campsite.

Must be on a leash of not more than 10 feet at all times. May not be left unattended. Aggressive dogs not allowed. No pets on swimbeaches. Only 2 pets allowed at camper cabins.

Please check the Season Dates tab for annual updates on site availability.



  • An entrance permit is required for every vehicle in addition to group pavilion rental fees, except at Lions. Open Space (available for purchase at entrances).
  • Alcohol may not be more than 3.2 %. No kegs.
  • No jumping castles, dunk tanks, pony rides, or similar set-ups.
  • No noise disturbances to other park users.
  • Parking allowed on established roadways & parking areas only. There are no guarantees on parking availability.
  • An additional damage fee may be assessed if County staff determine the area has been damaged or is in need of excessive cleaning.
  • Cancellations and changes to these reservations incur a $6.35 fee and possible penalties (15-29 days before reservation = 50% penalty; 4-14 days prior to reservation: 75% penalty; within 3 days of reservation: 100% penalty)
  • The reserving party is responsible for making sure all attendees know and obey regulations.
  • Events including any of the following are considered a special event and must go through special event process. Go to or call (970) 679-4570: 1) large scale, exceeding the capacity/footprint of the pavilion shelter, 2) Multi-day, 3) Commercial in nature, i.e. charging attendance/participation fees or selling/advertising, 4) Complex or requiring multiple requests for policy or regulations waivers, 5) Using additional amenities outside of the footprint of the group pavilion, i.e. swimbeach, campgrounds, roadways, so as to affect other park or open space users.
  • Pets must be leashed and may not be left unattended.
  • Photographs: Applicant consents to allow photographer on behalf of Larimer County to attend and photograph event. Photographs taken by Larimer County at event may be used in marketing, informational and educational materials, without compensation or further permission from the applicant, including the images of event attendees, including minors. Applicant shall notify attendees that Larimer County may take and distribute photographs of event and attendees
  • Notes


    Drinking water and vault restrooms located in each campground. Showers at Horsetooth Reservoir, Inlet Bay and South Bay campgrounds only. No showers in other campgrounds. See "F.A.Q's" icon on left sidebar for nearest public showers for other areas.

    Carter Lake: 1 - south entrance Horsetooth Reservoir: 2 - South Bay campground & Inlet Bay campground

    For more information or more details, please select icons on left sidebar.

    Check-in: noon, at campground. If campground host is not on duty, set up campsite. A host or ranger will be by to check you in. Check-out: 11 a.m.

    1 campsite in each campground is ada accessible and near to ada accessible restroom. Camper cabins ada accessible..

    Motor vehicles must stay on established roads, parking lots, pads. No ohv's (off highway vehicles) allowed.

    Campfires in approved fireplaces at designated campsites only. No fireworks at any time. Check upon arrival for possible fire restrictions

    No collecting within parks. Available at carter lake marina, or at local businesses. B.y.o.w. (bring your own wood!)


    This beautiful pavilion sitting at the edge of Horsetooth Reservoir provides nearby access to a swimbeach, full service restrooms, outdoor changing stalls, and outdoor showers. With stunning views of the entire length of the reservoir, this is a popular ceremony site offering convenient set up, grills, and outdoor lighting.

    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.