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!
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’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!
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!
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.
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!
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! Fort Collins has an excellent public bus system and CSU students, faculty and staff get to ride it for free! The student ID you receive when you arrive at CSU is also your bus pass. The Transfort hours vary but the buses usually run Monday through Saturday from 6:30am-10:30pm.
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.