Fort Collins

Fort Collins Historic District

Fort Collins is a university town in northern Colorado, an hour north of Denver. The population according to the 2010 census was 143,986, so the yearly influx of out-of-town Colorado State University students does noticeably impact the feel of the town. In 2006 Money Magazine ranked Fort Collins the "Best Place to Live" in the western U.S. among small cities.


Old Town is the downtown area of the city, centered around the cross-streets of College Avenue and Mountain Avenue. It is the historical beginnings of the town. It is because of this that the downtown area has a vast variety of older buildings, and historical monuments. Those seeking to visit architecture from the early twentieth century should come to Fort Collins for the prime examples located there.

The Colorado State University campus is right in the middle of the city, extending from Prospect Street on the South to Laurel Street on the north, and from Shields street on the west to College Avenue on the East. The university also has several other smaller campuses throughout the city. The big white "A" on the mountain west of town stands for Aggies, a relic from when CSU was Colorado Agricultural College.

Get in

By plane

By bus

Get around

Public transit

Public Transit is provided by Transfort. Most routes have service every half hour, with service ending about 7PM. "FoxTrot" service between Fort Collins and Loveland is offered every hour before 7PM.


Fort Collins is known as a bicycle friendly city and is crisscrossed with paved trails and designated bike routes. In many cases, bike travel can be faster than driving, especially during rush hour, because bike trails do not necessarily follow roads and are often given the right of way in street crossings. A bicycle map can be found here: Fort Collins Bicycle Map. Also, a Bike library is run by the city of Fort Collins, providing free rentals for up to 5 days.


Avery House



Baker House

Historic Old Town


Fort Collins is often said to contain more places to eat per person than anywhere else in the country.





As a college town, Fort Collins has a very active nightlife with everything from friendly corner pubs to hip hop dance clubs. Old town is packed on weekends but even week nights always have something happening. Campus west is the second, smaller, cluster of bars in Fort Collins that still has much to offer.





Wireless Internet


The local ISP Front Range Internet, Inc. (FRII) has introduced a Wireless Mesh which includes most of Old Town. Users may have an unlimited number of 30-minute sessions each day, with a few ads in between sessions.

Not Free

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Routes through Fort Collins

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Rawlins Laramie  N  S  Loveland Denver
Jct Poudre Park  W  E  Jct Sterling

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