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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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....
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.
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.
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!