Fort Collins is a unique community with a small-town charm that draws you in hooks you with delicious beer and outdoor adventures. We could go on and on about all the reasons we love Fort Collins, but we’d probably end up rambling. Instead, we’ll give you seven of the greatest things about this community. At least, in our opinion! But don’t take our word for it. We encourage you to go experience Fort Collins for yourself.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Fort Collins is a gold mine of opportunity. FoCo is home to 50 parks, 35 miles of trails, three golf courses, and 40,000 acres of natural areas. And that’s just within city limits! Horsetooth Reservoir sits only minutes outside the city, right up against the foothills. The six and a half miles of water is open year-round, beckoning visitors to come out and play! Surrounded by 1,900 acres of public lands, Horsetooth boasts fishing, boating, SUPing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and so much more!
As a college town, the nightlife here is bustling to say the least. A night on the town in Fort Collins can feature a vibrant mix of art, culture, dining, craft beverages, and live entertainment. The plethora of bars clustered on the plaza of Old Town are perfect for twenty somethings in search of the hot spots. While the restaurants and bars dotting the surrounding area are well suited for those with a bit more mature taste looking for a low-key vibe. The newly renovated Old Town Square is the perfect place to attend a summer concert, enjoy seasonal events, indulge in ice cream with the family or hunker down on a patio. And you definitely won’t want to miss out on the magic of the holidays.
Northern Colorado has been dubbed by some as the “Napa Valley of Beer” with Fort Collins at its epicenter. With over 20 breweries and counting, even the locals have a hard time keeping up! FoCo serves up everything from the country’s 4th largest craft brewery to a brewery that delivers kegs on tricycles. Craft cideries are also starting to pop up and have been gaining popularity within the community. Locals and tourists alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a nice cold beer and some down time. With some truly tongue tingling brews, Fort Collins is a beer lovers mecca.
Sure, Fort Collins is a long-standing hub for craft beer. But in recent years it has also undergone an epicurean evolution. The Fort Collins dining scene has been growing at a record pace for the past several years with no end in sight. Community residents are finally embracing creative dining. The community is exploding with innovative new restaurants. Everything from sushi and farm-to-table, to comfort food and vegetarian spots. The food truck scene is also blossoming, with more than 40 different vendors!
In recent years, Fort Collins has surpassed Boulder as Colorado’s most vital producer of music outside Denver. Live local music seems to permeate everything in this community. And it’s all thanks to the bands writing and performing original music, along with an arts-friendly city government that nurtures local talent. The annual local music festival, FoCoMX, is the perfect place to get a taste of what these local bands has to offer.
Founded in 1870 as a Colorado Agriculture College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. With over 33,000 students attending every year, the university brings brainpower and a youthful energy to the Greater Fort Collins area. During the school year, the buzz around town comes from the excitement of university sporting events and concerts, students biking around town and hanging out in the parks, and even working in all the local shops.
Residents here are dedicated to giving back to Mother Earth. They choose to go green in their daily lives by composting, gardening, raising chickens, and lining roofs with solar panels. Meanwhile, the city leaders set and exceed lofty sustainability goals. They have worked hard to make alternative transportation options convenient and safe. Bike paths line the city street and the bus service is continuously expanding. Many commuters are ditching their cars and opting for a bike or bus instead.