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Fort Collins

Located just 50 miles north of Denver off of interstate 25, Fort Collins is very easy to find and very difficult to leave.

Nestled beneath the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is perfect for your next adventure.

View of the Rocky Mountains from Fort Collins

Photo provided by the City of Fort Collins, photography by Ryan Burke. Airlift provided by Jencarta.

Fort Collins, also known as “Fort Fun,” and “The Choice City,” is a wonderful, but still somewhat hidden gem of Colorado. From shopping, dinning, arts and entertainment to outdoor recreation, Fort Collins is the home to the best northern Colorado has to offer. In fact, Fort Collins has won many recent awards for being an outstanding community in which to live.

Take a stroll through the city’s Historic Old Town district to find a multitude of shopping boutiques, theaters and bars. With an almost overwhelming amount of things to do, you are bound to find something to suit your fancy.

Fort Collins is also home to one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in the United States. Fort Collins offers every kind of dining experience from fast food to five-star. Enjoy fine restaurants such as the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, The Pickle Barrel, Charco Broiler, La Luz Mexican Grill, Avagadro’s Number, Coopersmith’s Pub, Back Country Deli, Laporte Pizza, Mugs Coffee Lounge or Serious Texas BBQ. Bon Appetite!

Fort Collins produces some of the most unique and delicious beers in the country. In fact, Fort Collins is the second largest producer of beer in the State of Colorado (which ranks third nationally in volume of beer pubs and craft breweries). Some of the breweries in Fort Collins includes Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery, Equinox Brewing, Big Horn Brewery, Coopersmith’s Brew Pub, Anheuser-Busch, New Belgium Brewing Company, Funkwerks and Pateros Creek. On the last weekend every June, Old Town Fort Collins plays host to The Colorado Brewers Festival; one of the most well known beer festivals in the country.

Fort Collins is home to the Colorado State University Rams. Colorado State University is one of Colorado’s top academic institutions and offers a variety of athletic, educational and cultural experiences. Internationally recognized for it’s green initiatives, sustainability efforts on campus, and clean-energy research, Colorado State University is also known as the “green” university. Curious about the University? Just ask your raft guide or the office staff about Colorado State, after all, most are current students or alumni!

Horsetooth Reservoir

Photo provided by the City of Fort Collins, photography by Ryan Burke. Airlift provided by Jencarta.

Fort Collins has earned the nickname of “Fort Fun,” not only for the shopping and entertainment, but also for the vast recreation opportunities. There are 40 parks within the city of Fort Collins, as well as three city golf courses, and over 23 miles of paved and unpaved walking and biking trails. “Fort Fun” is home to the Cache la Poudre River, certainly a hidden gem of the Rocky Mountains, Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park. These, and other open spaces in Fort Collins allow locals the opportunities to raft, kayak, horseback ride, rock climb, bike, hike, camp and any other activity Colorado has to offer. With over 300 sunny days a year, there is plenty of time to take advantage of all of the recreation opportunities Fort Collins has to offer.

Fort Collins offers a multitude of other activities for all ages. While in Fort Collins, you could find educational and cultural experiences while you discover new things at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center, visit the animals at Lee Martinez Farm, catch the Old Town Trolley ride, enjoy the Fort Collins Museum of Art or catch an early morning hot air balloon ride. Fort Collins offers a free outdoor concert series in the summer time, or catch dinner and a theater show at Midtown Arts Center.

With so many fun, exciting and education experiences available in Fort Collins, it is a must visit on your next Colorado Rocky Mountain Vacation. Whether you are riding the rapids of the Cache la Poudre River, having dinner in historic Old Town or visiting Colorado State University, we hope to see you here as often as possible.