Local Activities

Experiencing CSU and Fort Collins

Fort Collins is a community that blends education and industry, hard work and recreation, tradition and progress. Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is home to fabulous recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife scene and family fun for all ages! While you are attending your 10-week summer program, there are a few things that CSU and Fort Collins has to offer you!

Visiting Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins has everything to offer, including shopping, diverse and unique dining experiences, outdoor adventures, water sports, arts and entertainment, tours, and exploration of our beautiful community!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. You can enjoy over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times!



Hiking Grey Rock

On Saturday, June 24, 2017 the REU group will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. to head to Greyrock Mountain for a hike! Greyrock Mountain (7,513′) stands prominently over the north rim of Poudre Canyon, 25 minutes from downtown Fort Collins. There are also many more trails that you can visit that vary in difficulty levels and scenery! Please visit the City of Fort Collins and AllTrails to learn more about the best trails, safety tips, and directions!

Horsetooth Reservoir

Just a few short miles away from the heart of campus is beautiful Horsetooth Reservoir. Here you can enjoy hiking, camping, boating, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing, and many more activities!



Lagoon Series and Taste of Fort Collins

The sound of summer is the Lagoon Concert Series! It is a celebration of Northern Colorado life, and has live music from some of the best local bands, it is set right here at the Colorado State University Lagoon, and it’s FREE! This summer you can also see and experience a Northern Colorado Tradition! The Taste of Fort Collins is a community celebration with family-friendly activities that are perfect for anyone. This is a three-day festival that offers food from local and national restaurants, entertainment from regionally and internationally acclaimed musicians, and an eclectic display of fine
artisans work as well as the region’s best crafters. This year’s Taste of Fort Collins is
June 9th – 11th.

July 4th Celebration at City Park

Fort Collins knows how to kick off the Fourth of July in style! The community gathers together for a day filled with fireworks and fun events all over Fort Collins. To kick off your day you can attend the annual FireKracker 5K, there is a parade that starts in Old Town, golf tournaments, live music and crafts in Old Town, you can take a dip to cool down at City Park Pool, and end the day with fireworks and live music!

Colorado Rockies

If you are a baseball fan then you are in luck! There are several home games that you can have the opportunity to attend.

Getting Around CSU and Fort Collins

If you are looking for transportation while you are visiting, there are numerous easy options for you to chose from to go on all of your adventures! For trips to Denver there is BUSTANG. Fort Collins has Zipcars, bicycle rentals and purchases, and Transfort! No matter where you want to go, there is a way to get there easily! If you are cycling to and around campus, please visit CSU Parking and Transportation Services for safe cycling tips, maps, and resources.