Mar 042010
Authors: Joe E. Goings

For out-of-state students, Fort Collins can be, and is, an entirely different world.

Fort Collins and Colorado itself have many things to offer newcomers and residents alike, many things close to the city and relatively inexpensive.

Colorado attractions and tourist spots

• Rocky Mountain National Park
o Located minutes away from Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park affords people scenic views as well as the chance to view wildlife. The park offers hiking, rafting and snowshoeing among other activities.
o Visitor information phone number: (970) 586-1206

• City of Estes Park
o A tourist town, Estes Park is located near Rocky Mountain National Park. The city has many shops for visitors, as well as sightseeing tours and rock climbing. Estes Park is home to the Historic Park Theatre, one of the oldest operating theatres in the United States.
o Visitor information phone number: (970) 577-9900

• Red Rocks Amphitheatre
o Just outside of Denver in Morrison, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a concert venue and tourist attraction in one. The area is surrounded trails for both hiking and biking. The amphitheatre is available for meetings and weddings. Concert ticket prices vary depending on the performer.
o Visitor information phone number: (720) 865-2494

• Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
o The park is open year round and costs only $3 to gain access. Its closest neighboring town is Mosca, Colo., 23 miles away from the dunes. It has massive mounds of sand to sandboard and hike on, grasslands and wet areas for people to have fun in the water. Deer and elk are found grazing in the park as well.
o Visitor information phone number:

• Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs)
• Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
• Mesa Verde National Park (southwest of Cortez)
• Downtown Aquarium (Denver):
• Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver)
• Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver)
• Elitch Gardens (Denver)
• Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center (Woodland Park)

• Skiing and snowboarding
o Vail Cascade (Vail)
o Aspen Mountain (Aspen)
o Winter Park Resort (Winter Park)
o Breckenridge Ski Resort (Breckenridge)
o Beaver Creek (Avon)
o Crested Butte Mountain Resort (Mt. Crested Butte)
o Keystone Resort (Keystone)
o Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (Keystone)
o Loveland Ski Area (Georgetown)
• Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (Telluride)
• Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides (Dillon)
• Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights (Boulder)

• Rafting/Tubing
o River Runners White Water Rafting (Buena Vista)
o Rafting down the Colorado and Arkansas rivers
o Tubing on the Poudre River
• Captain Zip Line Adventure Tours (Salida)
• Skyventure Colorado-Indoor Skydiving (Lone Tree)
• Ridgeway Balloon Festival (Ridgeway)
• Elk and deer hunting in October
• The Hot Springs
o Glenwood Hot Springs (Glenwood Springs)
o Old Town Hot Springs (Steamboat Springs)
o Hot Sulfur Hot Springs (near Estes Park)

Fort Collins attractions and tourist spots
Fort Collins event calendar:
• Salsa dancing Thursday nights at the Rio
• Foothills Mall
• The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, (212) 875-5456
• Breweries (some offer tours, tasting)
o Anheuser-Busch
o Fort Collins Brewery
o Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing and Billiards
o New Belgium Brewing Company
o Odell Brewing Company
• Luck Joe’s St. Patty’s Day Parade
• Rollerland Skate Center
• Rocky Mountain Adventures-rafting, fly-fishing, kayaking (Fort Collins)

CSU attractions and hot spots
• Rock climbing at the Student Recreation Center (starting after Spring Break)
• CSU’s Challenge Ropes Course
• Alternative Spring Breaks from the Student Leadership, Involvement and
Community Engagement Office
• Little Shop of Physics
• Ramskeller, bar and billiards
• Intra mural sports (13)
o Basketball, Flag football, Volleyball, Soccer, Dodgeball and Water Polo
o Bowling, Golf, Kickball, Paintball, Racquetball, Softball and Ultimate Frisbee
• CSU’s historic Oval
• University Center for the Arts
o Performances (operas, play, etc.)

Colorado residents suggested:
• Slacklining
• Rock climbing
• Gelazzi gelato(Fort Collins)
• Café Mexicali (Fort Collins)
• Chautauqua Park (Boulder), for views of the Flatirons and hiking
• Camping, fly-fishing, bike riding, BBQs, snowboarding, snowshoeing
• Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)
• Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs)
• Denver Zoo (Denver)
• Denver sports arenas/stadiums
o Coors field, Pepsi Center, Invesco Field at Mile High
• Popular study areas/coffee shops
o Wild Boar Coffee
o Alley Cat

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