The school is in the center of the town, and is a place you should stop and visit. Some of the architecture of the buildings is fairly interesting. Among the stops you may want to make are the "oval" - a (surprise) Oval drive which has some of the oldest buildings on campus surrounding it including the administration building (where it all began). Just to the west of the Oval is the parking lot for the engineering building and the Lory Student Center and adjoining plaza (which also has the school library). The Student Center is home to several fast food places, a food court, arcade, campus bookstore (for all your CSU logo needs) and general seating areas where you can watch the crowds go by. One tip - if you're looking to buy some apparel, skip the bookstore and try the local Target or Wal-Mart, the t-shirts are about 1/3 the price, and usually are still officially licensed products. You may also see signs of the 1999 flood that did terrible damage to the campus. Farther west still are the dorms, Moby arena, and the student gym facilities. There are many beautiful mountain views all over campus, so plan to spend at least an hour or two walking around. Do be aware of where you parked so you don't get a ticket...
About 15 minutes west of the city off Harmony road, you'll find almost 2,000 acres of water surrounded by a park. This park is nestled in the foothills, and offers a lot to outdoor enthusiasts: boating, fishing, hiking, even a little rock climbing. It's a great place to get your fill of mountain activities without haveing to drive too far. The park gets it's name from a unique rock formation that looks like a giant molar of a horse. You'll recognize the formation when you see it.
Frisbee golf is very popular around Ft. Collins. There used to be a great course on the CSU campus, that has now been removed because too many buildings were being hit. Your best bet is the 18 hole course at Eudora Park. The course layout changes from time to time, but currently you can park near the ice rink, and the first hole starts near the back of this building. You will need your own frisbee to play. Depending on the size and skill level of your group, this will take an hour or two. Enjoy the great outdoors!
Old Town is the downtown area of Fort Collins. There are plenty of great dining options here (Beau Jo's, Old Chicago, and Walrus Ice Cream to name a few). There is also plenty of shopping of all kinds. Part of old town has a large, brick pedestrian walkway. Parking may be a little difficult, but pull off to a side street (just watch out for those no parking signs.) At visitors bureaus around town, you can pick up a walking tour map. Plan to spend an hour or so just walking around and visiting a few shops. Located on the north end of route 287.
Those who know Colorado are familiar with "Fat Tire" beer. And Fat Tire is the creation of this wonderful brewery (Ft. Collins' pride and joy). They offer a tour, call (888) NBB-4044 for information (or check out the website). Or, you can take a self guided tour between 10-6 most days of the week (except Sunday). Once you have seen some of the brewing process, stop by the tasting room. There, you will get a sampling tray of the many beers the brewery creates. As a warning, at last visit, the tasting tray was equal to about 2 pints of beer - have a designated driver or be prepared to stroll around Old Town for a little while. Tour and tasting are free!
THE OLD FCHS IS ON SOUTH COLLEGE AVENUE, now it is part of Colorado State University. The new FCHS has been built in southeast Ft. Collins.
The photos show how FCHS once was a dominant power in track and also football. FCHS won 16 consecutive state track titles, more than any school in the nation except Little Rock (Ark.) Central. In those days there was a national championship meet as well, and FCHS either won that or finished in the top 3 several times. The track coaches were George Washington Scott (head coach) and Theodore Roosevelt Blevins (asst. coach). Both were great men. Mr. Blevins was my math teacher in junior high. Coach Scott (everyone called him "coach") recruited my dad during World War II to teach aeronautics to pilots. Then, in the 1960's, he hired me to work at "Scotts Scientific Supplies" while I was in college. We made rock collections that were sold or displayed in museums and stores all over the country. Coach Scott also coached FCHS to more state football championships than any school in the state.
Cruise down College Avenue, the north-south "Main Street" of Kearney. Here is a photo of the One Hundred block of South College Avenue today. Another photo in this set is the same block in the 1950's, so take a look at how it has changed. The 1950's shot was taken either by me or by my father, who had just sold his store on this block.
Fort Collins alone has 6 breweries - New Belgium, O'dell's, Fort Collins Brewery, C.B. Potts, Cooper Smiths, and Budwesier. I recommend New Belgium (FREE) and O'dells' ($3). They have awesome beers. New Belgium is wind-powered also!
Only the most beautiful roads are selected as Scenic Byways, and Colorado Highway 14 from Fort Collins to the town of Walden in North Park is truly deserving.
The beautiful Poudre Canyon, the Poudre River, vast forests and high peaks mark this route. keep an eye out for Bighorn sheep.
About 50 miles up the canyon, the road drops over 10,000 foot Cameron Pass into the vast North Park Valley - you will want to stop a moment and admire Nokhu Crags.
This beautiful high ranch country is filled with cattle, wildlife, rivers, lakes and wilderness. Check the status of the area’s moose viewing at the State’s Moose Visitor Center, just 4 miles west of Cameron Pass on your left.
Don’t forget your camera!
CSU was home from 1985 to 1991
Colorado State University was founded in 1870 as the state's only land grant institution.
CSU has over 24,000 students that come from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, I was one of them
There is a bookstore, where you can buy all stuff related to the college, pencil, stationary,etc..
Also a cafetiria which serves to everyone not only students, try the mexican burrito, is just great....
I think the close up is not as nice..:)
To get there drive west on Harmony Rd in Ft Collins past Taft Hill Rd.
The road will continue up to Horsetooth Reservoir. Follow the road around the south side of the reservoir and up through a small brown-wood community.
Trailhead is about a mile from the boat ramp on the right.
The trail is a short, 2.5 mile hike up a fairly steep grade to Horsetooth Rock, elevation is 1500ft so take a rest as you climb..
It is a nice hike, there is a fee of 6$/car..
and be aware that there is leash control when you bring your pet...
Everybody who's lived in or visited Ft. Collins has seen Horsetooth Rock.
It is a very prominent landmark visible from anywhere in the Ft. Collins area. Although its resemblance to a horse's tooth is dubious, everyone knows it by that name.
It towers 7,300 ft only a couple of miles from the edge of town, just beyond the reservoir which bears the same name. Up until 1982, it was private property owned by the Soderburg family, but became one of the the first "open space" tax acquisitions of Larimer county...
Located in the foothills west of Fort Collins at an elevation of 5,430 feet, Horsetooth Reservoir is 1,900 acres of water surrounded by 2,000 acres of public land.
It is popular for fishing, boating, water-skiing, and camping. This 6.5-mile reservoir is open year round and is a part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project ..
The purpose of this water project is to divert water from the west slope to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower generation.
its a great drive when you want to get away from the city...
Park Entrance Permits and Camping Fees are required.
Ballfields, batting cage, picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis courts, lake, paddleboats, miniature train, fitness course, trolley rides.....is more of a family park..
You can watch the 4th of july fireworks from the park..
Now, if you go to Fort Collins during the winter you could still go to the Rocky Mountains and do some snow shoeing! I highly recommend it!
You can rent the snow shoes at REI on College Avenue in Fort Collins.