Beyond campus

College is the perfect time to explore and expand your horizons. At Colorado State University, we’re surrounded by a welcoming community and an assortment of outdoor recreation options which give you a safe space to get off campus and experience something new.

There’s no doubt that visiting campus is an important part of choosing which college is right for you. However, exploring the surrounding area is also an important step to take. Read on to learn which off-campus options are right for your needs.

Check out our choice city

Although Fort Collins is a growing city, accessibility and friendliness remain top-notch. It’s been consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S., and the surrounding area boasts a wide variety of recreation options.

The hub of Fort Collins, Old Town, is located in CSU’s backyard — just a 10-minute walk from campus. Featuring a historic neighborhood and vibrant downtown with dining, entertainment, and shopping options for all tastes, Old Town is a must-see. Carve out an hour or two during your visit and check out what our choice city has to offer.

If you’re looking to journey a bit farther than a 10-minute walk, consider a 15-minute drive to Horsetooth Reservoir.

Take a hike

Thanks to our unique location and a common passion for outdoor recreation, we offer a multitude of hiking options suitable for all experience levels.

Have a free hour during your visit? Check out Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.  More of an avid hiker? Try Lory State Park or Poudre Canyon.

Tour on two wheels

Biking is a way of life in Fort Collins and we’re proud to be one of only five cities (and universities) nationwide to receive a Platinum Bicycle Friendly ranking.

We’ve partnered with alumni-owned Recycled Cycles to make it simple and cost-effective to take a ride during your visit. When you arrive for check-in, expect to receive a bike rental discount coupon.

If you decide to take a ride, you can expect to be greeted by numerous bike lanes to ensure your safety, scenic bike paths spread throughout town and the surrounding foothills, and bike rental facilities located both on and off campus.

Head to the Rockies

It’s not surprising that Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is one of the most visited national parks in the country. With 415 square miles of wilderness which includes glacial lakes, diverse wildlife, and snow-capped peaks, it’s a natural wonder not to be missed.

If adding an extra day to your visit is doable, we highly recommend making RMNP part of the itinerary. It’s located just 60 miles from campus.

Get out and explore — you won’t regret it

Fort Collins, Colorado is one of the top places to live in the U.S., and it’s no surprise why. The city and surrounding area offer limitless possibilities for great off-campus experiences. Taking the extra time during your campus visit to get off campus can not only help you decide which college is your best option, but can open up possibilities to explore and discover.

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.