Fort Collins Colorado (iStockphoto)

Diversion dam on a mountain river Fort Collins (iStockphoto)

Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado (Visit Fort Collins)


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What to do in Fort Collins

Fort Collins doesn’t see much rain, which allows outdoor enthusiasts to hike, mountain bike, whitewater river raft, kayak, or fish to their hearts’ content. Sure, it’s the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, but outdoor opportunities can be found just minutes from Old Town. Mountain biking is first rate in the nearby foothills of Lory or Horsetooth Mountain state parks, and the Cache La Poudre canyon offers rafting, kayaking, camping, and fly-fishing. For a less aggressive adventure, Fort Collins Bicycle Library lends bikes to visitors for self-guided tours, including a circuit of Fort Collins’s famous microbreweries: New Belgium (makers of Fat Tire), Odell, and Fort Collins Brewery. After all, a frosty, handcrafted brew is a great way to end a day in the great outdoors.