Fort Collins is known for its diverse recreational opportunities. Three major trails (Poudre, Spring Creek and Foothills Trails) and a few smaller ones in Fort Collins are ideal for walking, running and biking. Additionally, Lory State Park's approximately 20 miles of trails are ideal for mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. Residents enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and windsurfing on Boyd Lake State Park's 1,700-plus acres of water.
The 85-acre Fort Collins City Park has a lake, outdoor pool, miniature train, pottery studio, shelter houses, ball fields and tennis courts. A war memorial, skate park and BMX track are located at Eldora Park. Gateway Park, about 15 miles away, is Fort Collins' first mountain park. Residents enjoy walking along the nature trail and fishing on the Poudre River. Other city parks feature racquetball, horseshoe, volleyball and basketball courts, a sledding area and an ice rink.
Culture and Entertainment
Locals and visitors can explore the history of Fort Collins at the Fort Collins Museum, which features several gallery exhibits. Originally the public library, the museum was built from native sandstone in 1904. A one-room schoolhouse from 1905 and several historic cabins including the Franz-Smith cabin have been relocated to the museum's Heritage Courtyard.
Entertainment and cultural enrichment can be found at the Lincoln Center, a cultural arts center where well know performers and artists appear as well as stage plays and the Fort Collins Symphony. The Anheuser-Busch Tour Center is also located in town. Here, residents can watch the brewing process and sample beer in addition to viewing the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The Discovery Center Science Museum and a few family fun centers are also worthy attractions. Shoppers enjoy Old Town and the Foothills Mall, which houses more than 120 stores. Annual events include the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, Farmerís Market and holiday events like the Treatsylvania Halloween festival.
The Poudre School District serves public school students at 30 elementary, 10 junior high and 4 high schools. The district also runs 5 other facilities including alternative and charter schools. Fort Collins is located near one of Colorado's major interstates, I-25, which allows for a convenient commute to work and school. Post-secondary students travel to well-known colleges and universities in the area including University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Denver and University of Northern Colorado.