Directions and Parking
Colorado State University is located in the heart of Fort Collins in Northern Colorado along the picturesque Front Range. With quick access to several major highways, Denver International Airport, and plenty of places to stay once you’re here, visiting campus is easy regardless of where you are coming from.
Use this info to drive or fly, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding how to get here. If you are signed up for a tour or event, be sure to check your email for specific instructions on where to go and park.
Construction projects are always ongoing at CSU. See a map of current projects and how they might impact your travels.
Parking on campus
All visitors must obtain a parking permit prior to parking on campus, except on weekends or after 4 p.m. on weekdays. Visitors may obtain a free, online permit by registering their vehicle’s license plate during the visit registration process. Once a vehicle is registered, there is no need for a physical permit.
These digital permits are valid in any “Reserved Parking for Admission Guest” spaces near the University Welcome Center at Ammons Hall or in any parking lot on campus designated with the letters A, Z, ZR, or R. These permits are not valid in “pay to park” spaces.
Driving and parking directions
If you have signed up for a tour or session with us, you might be headed to any number of places. Please check your registration emails for the exact locations and then use the info and maps below to see where your tour will start and where to park.
Visitors taking part in admissions information sessions and tours should check in at the University Welcome Center at Ammons Hall at 711 Oval Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80521. There are parking spaces directly south and west of the building. If those spaces are full, there are two parking lots are nearby: Lot 315 to the southwest of the building and Lot 310 (Engineering Parking Lot) farther southwest.
If you are traveling from Interstate 25 or College Avenue/Highway U.S. 287, we recommend taking Prospect Road (exit 268) and following GPS directions to Ammons Hall. From there you can look for the closest parking near the building or in lots 315 or 310.
The Lory Student Center is located at 1101 Center Ave Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Two parking lots are nearby, Lot 425 to the south of the building at 550 Hughes Way, and Lot 310 (Engineering Parking Lot) to the north off 401 W. Laurel Street.
If you are traveling from Interstate 25 or College Avenue/Highway U.S. 287, we recommend taking Prospect Road (exit 268) and following GPS directions to the parking lots.
These directions are for visitors interested in spending time in Fort Collins’ idyllic Old Town, known for its comfortable atmosphere and great opportunities for shopping and dining.
For those using a GPS, the best address is 112 College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521. From here, Old Town stretches about a mile in all directions from College Avenue.
For parking, the City of Fort Collins has two parking garages and five parking lots available for both hourly and permit parking. The hourly rates for parking garages is $1 per hour, with the first hour – as well as Sundays and holidays – free. Free on-street parking also is available, though it can be hard to find open spaces at peak times.
Tours for the Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) offices start in the Lory Student Center, Room 210, 1101 Centre Avenue Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521.
Nearest parking: You may park in any “A – Faculty & Staff” space in Lot 310, Lot 315, or Lot 425 if you have a digital parking permit.
All College of Agricultural Sciences events will start in one of the following spaces, as noted in your event registration.
Animal Sciences Building Lobby: Enter the building from the north near the Monfort Quad and wait at one of the couches for a student ambassador.
Animal Science Building Student Success Office: Enter the building from the north near the Monfort Quad and head down the hallway to the right.
Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building lobby: Enter the building from the north under the “A” and wait by the front desk at the entrance.
Plant Sciences Building, Room C-138: Enter the building at 307 University Ave., and head down the main hallway.
Nearest parking for above locations: You may park in any “A – Faculty & Staff” space in Lot 455 or Lot 310 if you have a digital parking permit.
B.W. Pickett Arena, 735 S. Overland Trail: Once on Overland Trail, turn at the B.W Pickett Equine Science Center sign. Do not turn onto Rampart Road. Our lobby is located in the B.W. Pickett Arena to the right of our driveway. Please park to the east of the B.W. Pickett arena and follow the sidewalk to a single glass door with a sign that reads “Equine Sciences Program.”
If you are going on a tour of Rockwell Hall or have signed up for an appointment with a recruiter, your visit will start in Room 110 of Rockwell Hall West, 501 W. Laurel Street.
Please note that there are three individual Rockwell buildings. Rockwell Hall West is located directly west of Rockwell Hall.
Nearest parking: You may park in any “A – Faculty & Staff” space in Lot 305, Lot 310, or Lot 315 if you have a digital parking permit.
All College of Liberal Arts events will start in one of the following spaces, as noted in your event registration.
Clark C 138: Located in Clark Building, Wing C, Room 138, 1200 Center Ave. Mall, Fort Collins, CO. Enter Clark C (the southernmost wing) through the north-facing doors (under the B wing) and turn right. C138 will then be on your left. Once you arrive, please check in at the front desk.
Nearest parking for Clark Building: You may park in any “A – Faculty & Staff” space in Lot 425, Lot 445, or Lot 455 if you have a digital parking permit.
Visual Arts lobby: Located in the Visual Arts Building, 551 W. Pitkin Street, Fort Collins, CO. Enter the building from the north and arrive in the lobby. Please wait in the seating area until the tour guide arrives.
Nearest parking for Visual Arts Building: You may park in any “A – Faculty & Staff” space in Lot 455, Lot 475, or Lot 540 if you have a digital parking permit.
The day will start at the Engineering Success Center in the Scott Bioengineering Building, 700 Meridian Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Please enter the Scott Bioengineering Building through the south-facing doors and you’ll find the Engineering Success Center on the first floor to your left. Stop by the front desk to check in.
Nearest parking: You may park in any “A – Faculty & Staff” space in Lot 165 or Lot 310 if you have a digital parking permit.
All events for the Warner College of Natural Resources start in our atrium in the Smith Natural Resources Building, 400 University Ave., Fort Collins, CO, 80523. Please stop by the front desk at the Student Success Center on the first floor to get checked in.
Nearest parking: You may park in any “A – Faculty & Staff” space in Lot 310 or Lot 425 if you have a digital parking permit.