Welcome to Fort Collins, Colorado!

Located on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is the perfect escape from big city living with your choice of beautiful wildlife refuges nearby. In addition to its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and other close mountain attractions, Fort Collins is known for its local craft beer scene.

This small-town nook is tucked in between Denver and Cheyenne, each one hour away by car. Additionally, it’s one hour from Estes Park, housing Rocky Mountain National Park, and about two and a half hours from beautiful mountain towns such as Breckenridge and Vail.

With bird-viewing refuges in the area and ample river access for fly fishing, Larimer County is the perfect location for a wildlife outing. Visit the gorgeous, flowing Poudre River, kayak in Horsetooth Reservoir, or delight in the red rocks of the Devil’s Backbone trail. Sip some local craft brews and ride around on the rentable scooters and bikes, or take a walk through one of the many interspersed natural areas.

Learn more about Fort Collins at Visit Fort Collins.

Looking out over Arthur's Rock and Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins
Bridge in Fort Collins
River in Fort Collins

Local Excursions


Natural Areas

  • Horsetooth Reservoir
  • Lory State Park
  • Horsetooth Rock & Horsetooth Falls
  • Reservoir Ridge
  • Coyote Ridge
  • Colorado State University Annual Trial Gardens

Brought to you by:

Colorado State University Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation