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Outdoor Recreation in Fort Collins

Outdoor Recreation

Fort Collins regularly rates high on any list of towns that are populated by fit residents with excellent access to recreational facilities. A quick glance at the the people enjoying the city’s 50 parks, 280+ miles of trails, including paved and unpaved walking and bike trails, four recreation centers and swimming pools, three public golf courses and a racquet sport complex, two sheets of ice for organized hockey games as well as free skating, even the skateboard and off-leash dog parks, and you’ll want to get out there with them.

A Wanderlust Adventure
4120 W County Road 54G
(970) 482-1995

33 Fabulous Summers Of Whitewater Rafting The Poudre River near Fort Collins! We give you lifelong memories, more experience, more smiles and more fun on an exciting river with breathtaking scenery! Your vacation highlight!

A1 Wildwater
2801 North Shields Street
(970) 495-0542
(970) 224-3379

Closest and best rafting to Denver & Rocky Mountain National Park. Full and half day trips. Family/child/group rates. Celebrating 33 years of fun on a National "Wild & Scenic River".

Beaver Meadows Stables
100 Marmot Drive, Unit 15
(970) 232-8326

Scenic trail rides into the beautiful Roosevelt National Forest. 25 miles of trail starting at 8500ft and up. Overnight rides and dinner rides! Winter sleigh rides and horse back rides in the snow. Full service Resort Ranch with restaurant, lodge, fishing, tubing hill with lift, cross country skiing and more!

Beer & Bike Tours
2414 Stanley Court
(970) 201-1085

“Adventures on Tap"
From our base in Fort Collins we offer a variety of single and multi-day trips. Day tour options include mountain, road or cruiser riding. All of our tours stop at some of the amazing craft breweries in Fort Collins and along the Front Range. Beer & Bike Tours also creates custom tours catering to the needs of small groups, corporate outings, family and friend reunions, and activities for non-cycling partners. Come along for with our local guides and experience Fort Collins at it’s best. -Cheers!

Colorado Division of Wildlife, Northeast Region
317 W. Prospect Rd
(970) 472-4300

Information on hunting, fishing, wildlife and outdoor recreation.

CSU Environmental Learning Center
3745 East Prospect Road #205
(970) 491-1661

Explore the riparian woodlands and signs of wildlife at the 200 acre Environmental Learning Center. Trails, raptor cages, garden and other attractions. Explore on your own or arrange a guided hike.

Flights of Fancy, LLC
4152 Avenida Del Sol Drive
(970) 581-5042

Do it right the first time. World class professional balloon service with first class accommodations and champagne celebration. Live the dream. FAA-CFI certified pilot. We're not the biggest... just the best!

Fort Collins Natural Areas
PO Box 580
(970) 416-2815

Natural Areas are naturally yours! The City's Natural Areas Department manages 43 sites, 100 miles of trail and over 40,000 acres locally and regionally, so there is likely a natural area near you! You are welcome to explore and help care for these special places. Free educational activities are offered year-round too.

Inlet Bay Marina
4314 South Shoreline Drive
(970) 223-8929
(970) 223-0140

Horsetooth Reservoir- Full service marina with overnight slips, buoys, gas & supplies, cold drinks and snacks. Visit our website at or call 970-223-0140 for boat rentals and more information.

Larimer County Natural Resources
1800 South CR 31
(970) 619-4574
(970) 619-4570

Manages recreation at Carter Lake; Flatiron, Horsetooth, and Pinewood reservoirs; Big Thompson parks; Devil’s Backbone, Eagle’s Nest, Hermit Park, Horsetooth Mountain, Red Mountain, River Bluffs, and Soderberg open spaces; and others.

Leisurely Pedaling
374 Cajetan St

Single and Multi-Day bike Tours in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado for the relaxed explorer. We provide custom iteneraries, guides, and private tour groups.

Mountain Whitewater Descents
1329 N Highway 287
(970) 494-0695
(970) 419-0917

Whitewater rafting on Colorado's only Wild and Scenic" River. A spectacular river set among a gorgeous canyon ensures a fantastic wilderness trip. Remember

Mountain' SUP
Santanka Cove at Horsetooth
(970) 480-7876

Mountain' SUP- Stand Up Paddleboard in Fort Collins at the 'Most Scenic SUP'n spot on the Front Range', The north shore of Horsetooth Reservoir (Santanka Cove). There are three 'wake free' coves at the north end that back up into Lory State Park, with rolling hills and striated rock formations. Open 7 days a week-10-4 (last rental time out, close by 6) on weekdays, 9-430 on weekends.  On call before Memorial Day and on weekdays after Labor Day.  We will be open on weekends in Sept.  No need to load up, haul or pump, or make reservations, just show up and paddle away. We will be there all day. Look for the tan umbrella somewhere by the boat ramp (the M'SUP office). More info can be found on Facebook or Family and group discounts, SUP yoga Fitness also Available. (970)480-7876

Poudre River/Red Feather Lakes Tourist Council
31635 Poudre Canyon Rd
(970) 881-2142

Lodging, RV parking, restaurants, and fun things to do in Northern Colorado's most beautiful mountain recreation area; all within a short drive to Fort Collins.

Rocky Mountain Adventures
PO Box 1989
(970) 493-3150
(970) 493-4005

Exciting whitewater trips, fly fishing guide services and kayaking classes & outings. Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals. Reservations required; major credit cards accepted.

Spirit of Colorado
(970) 226-2400

Enjoy a flight over beautiful Fort Collins followed by a champagne ceremony. Pilot has 30 years experience in Fort Collins air. A great way to start the day or vacation.

St. Peter's Fly Shop - Old Town
202 Remington Street
(970) 482-5990
(970) 498-8968

A full service fly shop providing fly fishing gear, guided fishing trips, classes, equipment rentals, fishing licenses and friendly advice.

St. Peter's Fly Shop - South
2008 E. Harmony Road
(970) 377-1034
(970) 377-3785

A full service fly shop providing fly fishing gear, guided fishing trips, classes, equipment rentals, fishing licenses and friendly advice.

Tadpole Pedicabs
703 Peterson St

Local pedicab tourism company seeking to deliver fast and safe transportation services on one-of-a-kind pedicabs. Private rentals, late night taxi and Brewery tours available!

Terry Bison Ranch
51 I-25 Service Road East
(307) 634-4171

RV Park, Cabins, original cowboy bunkhouse, gift shop, restaurant and saloon. Guided horseback rides, motorized and train tours. Easy access off I-25 and I-80. Wi-Fi available.

U.S. Forest Service Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
2150 Centre Ave, Building E Pawnee National Grassland
(970) 295-6700

Manages recreation such as camping in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (including the Poudre Canyon), and the Pawnee National Grasslands. Call or visit the website for information.