Fort Collins: Great Home Base for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Fort Collins' location at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains makes it the perfect home base for outdoor enthusiasts.

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 10:23
Fort Collins CO

The Fort Collins, CO area is the ideal place for those who enjoy outdoor recreation. With its location at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the banks of the Poudre River, this Colorado town is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts ranging from extreme athletes to bird lovers. Local residents and visitors alike are often found rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and camping at scenic locales such as Rocky Mountain National Park, The Roosevelt National Forest and The Pawnee National Grassland.

Walking Distance

In town, residents take advantage of the nationally renowned park system with trails that offer scenic views of the Poudre River and breath-taking Rocky Mountains vistas. There are more than 25 miles of trail connecting several of the city’s public parks, and two of the city’s main trails connect. But the paths don’t stop at recreation. Within the city limits alone commuters can find more than 250 miles of paved biking trails. And thanks to progressive city policies, bikers – and all outdoor enthusiasts – will continue to enjoy a beautiful and clean environment for years to come.

The Recreation Complex

Have a need for a sports/recreation complex? Then the success of the Budweiser Events Center should catch your eye. The state-of-the-art facility opened in September 2003 and immediately drew enthusiastic audiences for everything from rock concerts to rodeo to women’s professional basketball. The center is a 250,000-square-foot facility that seats 5,300 for hockey, 6,000 for basketball and 7,200 for concerts. Besides its status as a first-class entertainment venue, the center is also home to the professional CHL hockey team, the Colorado Eagles.

Still don’t have enough to do?

Then head over to the “Fox Den” (also known as the Colorado University’s Ram Baseball Field) and watch the Fort Collins Foxes play ball. The season runs from mid-June through mid-August. Still don’t have enough to do? Then swim, boat, ski or fish at the Horsetooth Reservoir. The 6.5-mile-long waterway situated in the foothills west of Fort Collins, attracts more than 600,000 outdoor enthusiasts every year. Horsetooth Reservoir offers a full-service marina, 115 campsites and several camper cabins. Campers and reservoir visitors who bring fishing poles are rewarded – walleye, smallmouth bass, wiper, trout and crappie are common catches. In Fort Collins, it’s uncommon to meet someone who doesn’t have a love for the great outdoors. If you love to be active and want a town that supports an active lifestyle, then Fort Collins may be your perfect place.