Hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing, biking: If these things call to you, this city, an hour outside of Denver, is the place for you. Biking, in particular, is a big part of everyday life in Fort Collins; four percent of the population bikes to work. You'll find Fort Collins at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 5,000 feet above sea level. It’s a great place for young, fun people, as two of the top employers in town are a college (Colorado State University) and a brewery (Anheuser-Busch).
The median sales price of homes is $380,750 and median rent per month is $1,800. Of course, home prices vary depending on which neighborhood you’re in. Buying in Old Town, the heart of the city, will set you back upwards of $400,000, but you can rent a nice place for under $1,500 a month. Right outside Old Town, you’ll find quaint craftsman homes in the neighborhood of City Park. Huntington Hills has a suburban feel great for families. If you stumble upon Ram’s Village, you’re in college territory. This is where all the CSU kids live. And speaking of Rams, you may not want to live in their village but you certainly will want to get to know them. Fort Collins is proud of its college sports teams.
As mentioned before, Old Town is the heart of Fort Collins. This designated historic district is home to significant architecture, including the art deco Armstrong Hotel. It’s also the place for nightlife and food. And the city’s libation of choice is beer. In fact, Fort Collins is considered the craft beer capital of Colorado, thanks to a ton of craft- and micro-breweries. Check out New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing Company and the famous New Belgium Brewing Company.
You won’t have any problem working off all the beer here. Fort Collins is home to 50 parks and nearly 300 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails — the city boasts a great bike sharing program. There’s also plenty to do on the water, like fishing the Poudre River, boating at the Inlet Bay Marina and lounging at the Horsetooth Reservoir beach and swimming area. Equestrians, golfers and skaters won’t be bored either.
Check out the quirky Swetsville Zoo roadside attraction. It’s not an actual zoo but rather a sculpture garden full of unique metal structures made from old farm equipment and car parts. It’s been around since Bill Swets created it in 1985, but development in the area threatens its future, so see it while you can.
Other things to see: Horsetooth Mountain, Arapaho National Forrest, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and the Global Village Museum of Arts.