About Fort Collins, CO

city of Fort Collins COFort Collins, a beautiful city in Northern Colorado, is situated 65 miles from Denver, with a population of over 160,000.  It is the fourth most populous city in Colorado.  Fort Collins was founded in 1864, as a military outpost.

This city gained popularity in 1872, as more agricultural settlers set roots in this area mainly farming sugar beets, the main food staple of sheep.   In fact, Fort Collins was referred to as the “lamb feeding capital of the world”.  Shortly, after the Second World War, the resident population doubled.

Fort Collins is 47.1 square miles, and is located at the bottom of the Rocky Maintain foothills.  It’s Old Town historic district includes 1800s houses and a vintage trolley. Residents of Fort Collins can look forward to four seasons, with a ton of sunshine.

The average temperature in the hottest month of the summer is about 71 degrees, and the coldest days in the winter is about 30 degrees.  Also, on an annual basis, less than 16 inches of rain falls on this city.

Fort Collins Attractions

City of Fort Collins city hall

While you are here, be sure to visit the following places:

Flower Trial Garden

This magical garden is located at, 1401 Remington Street, and their mission is to share the beauty of the garden, and also to educate the general public.  The garden is free to walk around; however, the Gazebo and the surrounding facilities can be reserved for events, such as a wedding for a fee.

It is strongly advised not to pick any flowers, and also please keep pets and children out of the flower bed.

New Belgium Brewing

The New Belgium Brewery is the largest of the many microbreweries in the area, who distribute nationally (from California to Mississippi).  Located at, 500 Linden Street, the hours of operation are 11 am to 8 pm.  It is suggested that you plan to spend a couple of hours visiting this brewery.

The Brewers’ Festival is an annual event that is held in for Fort Collins, and welcomes about 30 thousand visitors.  In addition to this festival, New Belgium Brewery is the host of the “Tour de Fat” ,an event that draws more than 20 thousand guests.

Spring Canyon Community Park

This is one of many parks in Fort Collins which offer amenities, such as a playground for young children, skate park, dog park, tennis courts, baseball field, basketball courts, walking trails, several picnic pods, and a memorial that honors much appreciated Veterans. After a fun-filled day in the park, settle in to watch the sun drop over the foothills.  The amazing formation of the clouds and the colors of the sky are sure to delight everyone.

Fort Collins Horizon

Notable People born and/or raised in Fort Collins, CO include but are not limited to:

Carol Berg (a fantasy author)

Scott Anderson (race car driver)

Katie Herzig (performer of folk music)

Jon Cooper (player for the Minnesota Vikings)

Joy Davidson (opera singer)

Marco Gonzales (major league baseball player)

Mark D. Miller (photographer – many of his photographs can still be seen in the Fort Collins museum)

Ross Marquand (an actor best known for his role as Aaron, on the popular TV show “The Walking Dead)