HERE YOU WILL SEE "MOBY ARENA", THE CSU BASKETBALL gym where a Hollywood movie called "One on One", starring Robbie Benson, was once filmed. In the foreground of the Moby Gym photo is the McGraw Building, which is the Athletic Department. It is named for the late Fum McGraw, a CSU All-American who went on to play for the Detroit Lions, and later returned to CSU and became Athletic Director.
You will also see the Student Center and the Library, both excellent college facilities.
This is my school, also my wife's school, and we are proud of it. Its a good school.
IN THE SUMMERTIME, LOOK FOR THE FLORAL GARDENS on the east side of South College Avenue, just in front of the old Fort Collins High School building, and across the street from CSU.
Here the Horticulture Department of Colorado State University conducts trials on new flower hybrids, and you get to enjoy the results!
This great old home is named for its owner, who is responsible for assuring that Ft. Collins would have extremely wide streets, even today. His rationale was to have streets so wide that a large horse-and-wagon team could easily make a u-turn without causing problems. because of this, College Avenue today has diagonal parking on both sides, plus diagonal parking in the middle of the street, plus four lanes of traffic!
Tours are available at specified times.
There are tons of micro-breweries in Colorado, including a number in Ft. Collins. And of course, folks are aware Coors is from Colorado. But Ft. Collins is also home to an AB brewery. They do offer tours (usually between 10:00-4:00). The tour begins with a trip to the stables to check out the clydsedales, then it's about an hour long tour through the brewery to watch the process. It's pretty informative and interesting. You will get free samples at the end of the tour, and of course, they have a gift shop. Tours are free.
The trail to Horsetooth Falls is within the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, a regional park near Ft. Collins. From the trailhead, head up the right fork and keep heading northeast. It is rocky at points, narrow, as you climb into the canyon. Watch for a spur of the trail, which leads off to the falls. Return on the spur, and continue to the northeast to complete the loop. The beginning of the hike can be a bit rocky, but the end is flat and easy hiking. The trail is open all-year; be wary in winter of ice and snow on the trail. But the falls freeze over, and it is worth the trek.
Total length: 3.5 miles round-trip (1.5-3 hours)
Trail difficulty: moderate
You can find more detailed information (and map) at everytrail.com HERE
This small installation, found in an old bank building downtown, houses the Fort Collins Museum of Art. As the town is a little small to support a permanent collection of art, instead the museum is dedicated to one or two temporary exhibits at a time. They are usually interesting exhibits (when I went I saw the glasswork of William Morris, who created beautiful pieces that hardly looked like glass, drawing on a lot of folklore and mythology to create his images). Overall, they have created a great atmosphere to come visit the arts in this town.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday noon - 5:00pm
Admission: $8 adults
$6 senior (65+) or students
$5 youth (7-18); children 6 and under free
To the east side of Horsetooth Mountain Park lies the reservoir. A nice flat body of water, it is perfect for boating, kayaking, and exploring by foot. Trails run all along the reservoir, which you can pick up at any of the numerous parking lots near the reservoir. The landscape can be a bit bleak, but the hiking is fresh, away from the city, with views of the plateaus rimming the area at the Front Range foothills.
Total length: varies
Trail difficulty: easy-moderate
The New Belgium Brewery is a model for many aspects of business. Sustainable, employee-owned, top-rated employer, energy efficient, and (perhaps most importantly) dedicated to the science and art of making terrific beer. Even the building is beautiful, with fully modern equipment. They offer tours multiple times everyday. The tour is free, and is led by a worker who has a lot of knowledge of the brewery, its history and culture of beer. Bernie was my tourguide, and he's the best! You sample beers along the way (those under 21 can go on the tour, just no tasting for them), small samples.
It is a good day out, to wander through the brewery, take in the sights and smells. Definitely a top thing to do if you're a visitor to Fort Collins.
The Center for Fine Art Photography is part gallery, part coffee shop, and part workshop. The gallery displays photography prints from local and regional photographers; they also hold competitions. When I was last there, it was housing a competition and silent auction. There's a café within the building, giving you a chance to sit and enjoy a coffee/tea and then observe the gallery. It is a small gallery overall, but a nice place to stop in and absorb local art. Enjoy!
Fort Collins is very friendly towards cyclists. There are numerous bike paths that run through the town, and into the foothills beyond. Along the Poudre River, there's a path that runs straight through, back and forth over the river, and onto other towns just to the northwest. You can also access the local fish hatchery for an interesting diversion. Most of the land is flat, until reaching the western hills. Many places rent bikes, it's a great day outdoors.
Old Town is a great collection of early 20th Century architecture. Now it is an interesting shopping experience, with pubs and restaurants along the way. This is the place that inspired Walt Disney to create "Main Street" in Disneyland.
One of the attached photos shows a 3rd floor bay window. It is attached to the Linden Hotel. After World War II ended, my parents brought me back to their home town, Ft. Collins. I was about 18 months old. My fathers parents owned the Linden Hotel, and so we stayed there for a year or two until we found a house.
Interesting combination of Science and History center. When I visited, there were displays relating to the history and geography of flooding in the Fort Collins area, as well as exhibits relating to various immigrant and native communities in the region. Focus upon relating history and science to children - this would be a good place to bring a family.
THIS IS ONE OF COLORADO'S FINEST UNIVERSITIES, along with the University of Northern Colorado and the United States Air Force Academy. It has a beautiful campus, so look around and visit the library and student union, among other sites of interest. The basketball gym is a free-form structure called "Moby Gym" and the football stadium is several miles southwest next to the foothills.
In 2009, CSU had a student population of over 25,000. There are students from every state and 80 foreign countries. Its school of Veterinary Science often ranks as one of the top 2 or 3 such schools in the nation. 62 bachelor's degrees are offered, 63 masters degrees, and 40 doctoral degrees.
Here are a few snapshots I took on a recent visit.
This was our favorite in Fort Collins area. Hwy 14 is very scenic route with plenty of places to stop of by the River. The river is very rocky, and thus a fun place for the kids to explore. The water was not very high or fast when we went. Very pretty drive and the kids loved the water.
Beer-lovers' paradise. "It all started with a dream. . . Laid back dude returns from a European holiday with a passion for quality beer. . ." You know the story.
The founders of New Beligium are participants in a minor revolution in America, a revolt against the blandness and uniformity of Big Boring Beer. And kudos to them, for working so hard and succeeding so well. I admire too the values which become evident on a tour of the sleek, modern, and eco-friendly facility here. The guides and beer-pourers speak of New Belgium as if it's a cult, they have that glassy eyed reverence for the place that they work, and for the communitarian ethos that is maintained here.
The most famous beer brewed here their "Fat Tire Ale," so called because the owner took his mountain bike on his European tour. Don't worry - there's no rubbery taste!