Archive for 'Outdoor Recreation'

58. Northern Colorado Corn Maze

A visit to the Northern Colorado Corn Maze is a perfectly suited outing for the month of October. Bring the kids out during the day for plenty of fun activities or plan to be spooked during the night as you wind your way through a giant maze of fully grown corn. During the day visitors [...]

57. Golf at City Park 9

We have some beautiful municipal golf courses here in Fort Collins. What better way to spend a warm fall day than a round at the City Park 9? Widely considered one of the best 9 hole rounds in the state, this regulation length course, built in 1940,  is located on the west side of City Park at 411 South Bryan [...]

50. Visit the Raptors at the Environmental Learning Center

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program has  raptors available for viewing at the CSU Environmental Learning Center at Drake and Ziegler (click for map).  These birds are the Raptor Center’s education ambassadors. Due to permanent injury they are non-releasable but a small army of dedicated volunteers provide special care for these animals. Anytime from dawn to [...]

47. Swim, Bike, and Run in a Triathalon

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to watch the Fort Collins Triathlon and Duathlon. Don’t worry, if you’re reading this after the fact, there’s a long list of similar events throughout the year in Fort Collins and Colorado. The Fort Collins Tri consisted of a 1/4 mile swim at Epic Pool, a 13 mile [...]

41. Visit Watson Lake and the Fish Hatchery

Just north of Bellvue you’ll find a beautiful state forest area known as Watson lake. This 70 acre lake is right next to the Poudre river and also has a state fish hatchery next to it. The views are awesome. The west face of a huge hogback provides an gorgeous red rock backdrop. There are [...]

39. Bouldering at Rotary Park

Horsetooth Reservoir offers some great opportunities to boulder for both beginners and experts. Rotary Park is one of the more popular and easily accessible areas filled with traverses, technical slabs, and overhanging roofs. I’m not an expert on the bouldering scene in Fort Collins, but I always enjoy a good outing to Horsetooth. The incredible [...]

31. Kites in the Park

There’s just something I love about the simplicity of flying a kite that still enthralls me.  Although I haven’t flown a kite in quite a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed stopping by Spring Canyon Park.  Kite’s in the Park is an annual festival put on by the City of Fort Collins. It is a perfect, [...]

25. Soapstone Prairie

The Soapstone Prairie is one of those places I would never have thought to visit if it hadn’t been suggested to me. I first heard about Soapstone from a very nice man at the Old Town Visitor’s Bureau when I asked him what his favorite thing to do in Fort Collins was. Of all the [...]

18. Explore Riverbend Ponds

Can you believe there are over 40 seperate natural areas in Fort Collins covering 33,000 acres?  One of my favorites is Riverbend Ponds.  This gorgeous, 226 acre natural area has 7 ponds and also follows a nice stretch of the Poudre river.  Over 3 miles of  gravel trails wind through cottonwoods and cattails and are nice and flat if you’re [...]

15. Stroll, jog, skate, or bike the Spring Creek Trail

Spring is here and its time to get out and enjoy the moderate temperatures, sunny days, and cool breezes that make this my favorite time of year. The Spring Creek trail provides the perfect opportunity for an afternoon walk, early morning workout, or even just an enjoyable way to get around the city.So grab your [...]