Horsetooth Reservoir – Fort Collins, CO

ODell Brewery in Fort Collins

After our wonderful weekend of off-the-grid rv’ing, we headed back to civilization in Fort Collins. The city has a lot of breweries so we were excited to check them out. We lucked out on a cancellation at the popular South Bay campground on Horsetooth Reservoir. Although, to be perfectly honest – we don’t get why it’s so popular!

Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Campground

The campground is in a great location and you can see a little part of the lake from the sites, but it is super expensive for what it is. On top of that, there is a surprise daily use fee when you arrive to the campground. It isn’t cheap either!! It was like $12 for each day you will be in the park. We are at almost a year on the road and we have never had that surprise charge. Sure, some parks charge a daily fee but that is part of your booking when you reserve online. We have never had to pay extra when arriving to the campground. Needless to say, this annoyed us immensely. On top of that, the super busy road is right behind the campsites so you are listening to road noise all day and all night.

Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins
You can see the car in the background – the road noise was insane

We didn’t really have any other option so we paid the fee and set up for the week. Luckily we are only planning to stay four nights. Once we settled into our site, we headed to town to check out a brewery. We ended up at Maxline Brewery and it had a fun vibe and good beer. Then, we went to dinner at a nearby restaurant before heading back home to relax.

Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins

Fort Collins Brewery Tour

We settled in for the work week and had a productive few days. On our last day, we decided to reward ourselves with a brewery tour. Austin convinced me I could ride the steep hill back up to the campground from town so we set off on our bikes. We had a super fun afternoon visiting New Belgium, O’Dell and Intersect breweries. After three beers we decided it was time to head home and make dinner. We had a great sunset for grilling out – we had tri-tip, asparagus and potatoes. It was delicious!

Tomorrow we head to our first Hipcamp stay – a horse farm!

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