Fort Collins, Colorado: a college town that won’t leave you yawning on the weekends. A plethora of outdoor recreation options, local events, and an easygoing feel create a fun, adventurous atmosphere that’s perfect for college students. The city regularly steals the hearts of our future Rams, and it’s easy to understand why.
Here are a few of the ways you can get out and explore Fort Collins as a Ram.
#1. Spend a day on the water
If you’re a water enthusiast, Fort Collins won’t disappoint. With the Cache la Poudre River and Horsetooth Reservoir in our backyard, you’ll have access to a variety of activities. Paddle board and kayak rentals allow you to hit the water with little notice. If you’re looking for more of a thrill, grab a group and go whitewater rafting along the Poudre.
Think all this is great? It’s going to get even better in the coming year. The city approved a Whitewater Park proposal which will offer safe, year-round access to the Poudre River.
#2. Head to the hills for a show
If you’re a fan of great music and the beauty of Colorado, you won’t be disappointed by our local outdoor amphitheatre, the Mish. The Mishawaka Amphitheatre is a concert venue located at the base of the Poudre Canyon in the Rocky Mountain foothills. The canyon creates a natural amphitheater for sound, allowing fans to have a high-quality outdoor concert experience. It’s a much-loved spot by fans and bands alike, garnering attention from popular performers in a range of genres. Since the venue is tucked into a canyon, parking is limited. You’ll need to ditch the car and book a ride on the Mish’s shuttle to catch a show. Shuttle pick-ups happen right here on campus.
#3. Get a sugar fix in Old Town
Walrus Ice Cream, located in the heart of Old Town, is a locally owned handmade ice cream shop. It’s a favorite spot for locals and students alike, and it’s not unusual to see a bit of a line leading in. Old Town Churn and Glacier Fort Collins are also local favorites in or near downtown.
#4. Hop on your bike
It’s no surprise if you’ve already heard about this one, because we get a lot of attention for it. Simply put, Fort Collins is one of the best cities in the nation for biking. The city and surrounding area offer accessibility, safety, and varied options for bikers of all skill levels. So whether you enjoy leisurely rides on a cruiser or tough trails along the foothills, you’ll get what you need.
Take a look at some of our trails near campus to get a feel for your options.
#5. Stop by a free local event
From June to September, the city hosts a free concert series in Old Town Square.
Tour de Fat
Put on your best costume and hop on your bike. The original New Belgium Brewery bike parade and concert happens annually in September. The concert isn’t free, but the parade is.
Tour de Corgi
Hundreds of happy Corgis parading through Old Town in costume. You won’t want to miss it.
Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest
Slap on some ghoulish makeup and step out for a good cause. This annual Halloween bash and fundraiser happens in Old Town Square. Every year, funds go toward a local nonprofit.
Fort Collins Downtown lighting ceremony
During the winter months, Old Town is draped in beautiful winter lights. The lighting ceremony, held in November, offers free entertainment and a beautiful scene.