Fort Collins

Fort Collins
Downtown Fort Collins features a pedestrian mall and historic buildings. | Photo by Joe Wolf / flickr

By Sue Deans

Fort Collins indeed was originally a fort on the Cache la Poudre River, abandoned by the U.S. Army in the 1860s. The Overland Trail that passed nearby brought in settlers and business.

In 1879, Colorado State University began there as a land grant college focusing on agriculture.

Arts and recreation, high tech industry and a thriving brewery industry complete the picture today, and to the west, Poudre Canyon offers a dramatic and beautiful entry to the Rockies.

More on Fort Collins
Fort Collins history

“Must-see” attractions
Colorado State University
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
New Belgium Brewing

More attractions
Fort Collins Municipal Railway
Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art
Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center
Gardens on Spring Creek
Lincoln Center
Old Town Fort Collins
Poudre Canyon Scenic Drive

Fort Collins facts
Population: 143,986 (2010 Census).
Land area: 47.1 square miles.
County: Larimer (Fort Collins is county seat).
Altitude: 5,003 feet above sea level.
Climate: Cool summers, cold winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 15 inches, including average snowfall of 47 inches. Snow depth of 1 to 2 inches from November to March. January averages: high 41, low 14. July averages: high 85, low 56. More weather >>