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Homewood Suites
by Hilto

Beautiful all-suite hotel offers spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and separate living areas. Great for one night or 90, we're your home away from home!


Hilton Fort Collins
Nestled against the foothills of the Rockies, across from CSU, the new Hilton Fort Collins is convenient to everything in the city!


Colorado State University
Teaching, Research and Engagement with the Fort Collins Community
Conference Services

University Center for the Arts

Anheuser- Busch Tour Center
(970) 490-4691
Discover a time-honored brewing tradition and taste our quality lagers and ales.

Fort Collins

As the inspiration for Disneyland's Main Street, Downtown has the best in Colorado culture, boutique shopping, dining and festivals! Also home to 7 of 10 local breweries and 20 art galleries with First Friday events each month.


Best Westernฎ University Inn
(888) 818-6223
(970) 667-7810
Friendly, attentive staff. Enclosed pool and spa, exercise room, meeting facilities. Across from CSU.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
408 Mason Ct





Foothills Mall
College Ave. & Foothills Pkwy.,
(970) 226-5555
Shop: Mon. - Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-6. Over 100 stores and restaurants.

We can provide you with the safest and fastest transportation in Northern Colorado, Cheyenne and Estes Park.


Colorado Health Medical Group
No Matter where you are in Northern Colorado.... we're here for you. Looking for a doctor? Immediate appointments available.

Lincoln Center
Corporate Events, Weddings, Special Events, Receptions, Workshops

Courtyard by Marriott
1200 Oakridge Dr.

Fort Collins Marriott
350 E. Horsetooth Rd.

Residence Inn by Marriott
1127 Oakridge Dr.
970.223.5700 | 800.331.3131

The Fort Collins Visitors Guide - Activities, Lodging and Events

Parks & Recreation
The City of Fort Collins boasts dozens of parks and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Adaptive Recreation Opportunities
CTRS: (970) 224-6027
Program assists with disabilities to gain equal access to recreational services. Needs assessments, inclusion support, accommodation, wheelchair sports, specialized programs, adaptive aquatics.

Ft Collins ParksEdora Park
1801 Riverside Dr. • Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 221-6660 •
Disc golf course, BMX track, fitness course, skateboard park, Spring Creek Trail, EPIC (swimming and ice arena), winter sledding and cross-country skiing.

Farm at Lee Martinez Park
600 N. Sherwood St. • Fort Collins 80524
(970) 221-6665 •
Classrooms, farm animals, museum, barn, silo, farmhouse. Drop-in animal viewing, pony rides
(seasonal), classes, special events, birthday party rentals, group tours, hayrides, store.

Fossil Creek Park
5821 S. Lemay Ave. • Fort Collins 80526
Escape close to the city! Offers fossil-themed playground, fishing, nature area, lighted ball fields and tennis courts, basketball courts, pavilions, dog park and urban obstacle skate park. Gateway

Mountain Park
5216 Poudre Canyon Hwy.
Nature trails, boat launch, fishing, picnic shelters, nature kiosks. Pets on leash. Fee: $4 per vehicle, $8 per vehicle capacity 8 or more. Memorial Day-Labor Day: 8am-8:30pm; 8 am-dusk the rest of the year.

Recreational Sports
413 S. Bryan St. • Fort Collins, CO 80521
Youth Programs (970) 221-6309
Adult Programs (970) 221-6385
Youth Leagues: softball, basketball. Flag and tackle football, volleyball; Adult leagues: softball, basketball, volleyball, flag football; camps, clinics, recreational tournaments.

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
(970) 416-2815,
Explore more than 28 square miles of wide-open vistas, nearly pristine grasslands, miles of trails
and world-renowned cultural resources. Open March-Nov.

2626 W. Horsetooth Rd.,
100 acres nestled against the foothills of western Fort Collins. Amenities include Inspiration Playground, Colorado's first universally accessible playground, a 2+ acre dog park complete with a
lake for our doggie paddling pals; and a free ride course for endless mountain biking fun. n

Recreation & Activity

Club Tico
1599 City Park Dr. • Fort Collins, CO
(970) 224-6113, Cityline code: 3459
Formerly City Park Center recently renamed for popular youth center (1948-1971). Hardwood dance floor. Dance and fitness classes for all ages, rentals.

Northside Aztlan Community Center
112 E. Willow St. • Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 221-6655
Gym, classrooms, fitness room, computer lab. Drop-in classes, special events, sports leagues, youth night, tutoring, Ancianos activities, VOA meal site, rentals, youth summer basketball.

Pottery Studio
1541 W. Oak St. • Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 221-6204
Electric and kick wheels, six kilns, production and glazing areas. Classes for all ages, workshops,
demonstrations, lab time for enrolled students.

Rolland Moore Racquet Complex
2201 S. Shields • Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 493-7000 •
Tennis activities on all City courts contracted to Lewis Tennis School for lessons, leagues,
round robins, clinics, and tournaments for all ages.

Youth Activity Center
415 E. Monroe • Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 416-2990
Gymnasium, climbing wall, game room, fitness area, classrooms, lounge. After-school activities, drop-in special events, classes preschool to teen classes, trips, sports, climbing, rentals, concessions.

Swimming Pools & Ice Rink

City Park Pool
1599 City Park Dr. • Fort Collins, CO
(970) 484-7665, Cityline code 3463
Outdoor pool with lazy river, zero-depth entry, water features, slides, wader. Open during the summer season only. Lessons, drop-in, paddle boat rental, special events.

Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC)
1801 Riverside Ave. • Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 221-6683
Hours/fees (970) 221-6679, Cityline code 6679
Swimming pool, wader, therapy pool, two ice rinks, fitness room. Lessons; drop-in swim; skate; workout; skate rental; figure skating; hockey and hockey rentals; ADA accessible.

Fort Collins Senior Center
1200 Raintree Dr. • Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 224-6113
Pool, gymnasium, indoor track, workout area, billiards, media center, classrooms, multi-use room, stage, lounge. Over 18 only.

Mulberry Pool
424 W. Mulberry St. • Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 221-6657
Pool, diving well, zero-entry tot play area and fitness room. Lessons, drop in swim and workout, swim team workouts, tot and family play rentals.

Regional Trails & Parks
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests & Pawnee NationalGrassland Visitor Center
2150 Centre Ave., E. • Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 295-6700 •
From majestic mountains to vast expanses of grasslands, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National
Forests and Pawnee National Grassland offer an array of exceptional experiences for visitors.

Colorado State Parks
North Region
3745 E. Prospect Rd. • Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 491-1168
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
4200 W. County Rd. 38E • Fort Collins, CO
(970) 679-4570 •
2,500 acres with 27 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Trails link to Lory State Park. Borders Horsetooth Reservoir. Picnic area, restrooms and drinking water. Self-serve permits. Dogs must be on leash.

Lory State Park
708 Lodgepole Dr. • Bellvue, CO 80512
(970) 493-1623
Nearly 2,500 acres with 25 miles for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Trails link to Horsetooth Mountain Park. Borders Horsetooth Reservoir. Visitors Center, campsites, picnic areas, restrooms and drinking water. Dogs must be on leash.

U.S. Forest Service Arapahoe & Roosevelt National Forests
Manages recreation such as camping in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests (including the Poudre Canyon), and the Pawnee National Grasslands. Call or visit the website for information.

Larimer County Natural Resources
1800 S. CR 31 • Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 679-4570
Manages Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Flatiron Reservoir, Pinewood Reservoir, Bingham Hill Park, Big Thompson Parks, Devils Backbone Open Space, Eagle's Nest Open Space, Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, Hermit Park Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, Lions Open Space, Ramsey-Shockey Open Space, Red Mountain Open Space, Rimrock Open Space, Estes Park Campgrounds at East Portal and Mary's Lake.

Fort Collins City Trails
Coyote Ridge Trail
4.5 miles, earthen trail, connects with Rimrock Trail onto Larimer County Open Lands. Located between Loveland and Fort Collins approximately 1 mile south of Larimer County Landfill on west side of CR 19 (Taft Hill Road from Fort Collins, Wilson Street from Loveland).

Foothills Trail
5.8 miles, earthen trail along the foothills parallel to Horsetooth Reservoir from Dixon Reservoir at Pineridge Open Space to Campeau Open Space and Michaud Lane. Rugged terrain.

Fossil Creek Trail
3 miles, paved trail through Cathy Fromme Prairie from S. Shields St., 3/4 miles south of Harmony Rd. to Taft Hill Rd. Raptor observation building west of parking lot on Shields.

Poudre River Trail
10 miles, paved trail along Poudre River from N. Overland Trail to E. Drake Rd. and the CSU Environmental Learning Center.

Power Trail
2.5 miles, paved trail follows west side of Union Pacific Railroad south from Edora Park.

Spring Creek Trail
6.6 miles, paved trail along Spring Creek from W. Drake Rd. to E. Prospect Rd. and the
Poudre River.


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