5 spots on campus that will take your breath away

The Oval in Winter

Pristine views of the Rocky Mountain foothills, ample green space, historical architecture, and state-of-the-art facilities combine to make CSU’s campus a place you won’t want to leave. Our students spend much of their time outdoors studying, biking, or simply walking through the beauty.

Think we’re focused on appearances alone? Don’t be fooled. There’s so much more to this place. Our campus is surrounded by unique geography and a rich cultural history, giving students access to out-of-classroom experiences hard to find elsewhere.

Ready to have your breath taken away? Here are our top five spots on campus.

#1: The Oval

Play Frisbee, read a book, or just catch some rays at one of the oldest and most well-known spots on campus. The Oval is home to historic buildings and rows of American Elms dating back to our founding in 1870.

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#2: The Rec Center

With three climbing walls, 24,000 square feet of cardio and fitness equipment, an indoor track, and an aquatic center featuring a lazy river, it’s no wonder that students can’t get enough of this place. Take a two-minute tour.

#3: The Trial Gardens

Each year CSU horticulture students transform this campus spot into one of the most beautiful gardens in the state. Walk or ride through the trial gardens from spring to fall and you’ll find an ever-evolving beauty.

CSU trial gardens in the summer

#4: The Monfort Quad

A large, sunny spot in the middle of campus, the Monfort Quad is the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate between classes. Hang out with your furry and non-furry friends alike, or simply soak up the sun.

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#5: The Great Green

Located on the west side of the Lory Student Center (LSC), this picturesque scene is a visitor favorite. The second floor patio of the LSC allows for a comprehensive view of this expansive open space and the Rocky Mountain foothills that surround it.

See it for yourself

Don’t just take our word for it. We encourage you to experience campus for yourself.

Take part in daily tours or check out our virtual tour. Keep up with the beauty of the CSU experience by following us on Instagram.

Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.