Fort Collins is known for both its cycle-friendly vibe and its commitment to craft beer. Here are some of the must-visit trails and breweries calling your name in Fort Collins, Colo.
FOR THE ROAD BIKER
- Spring Creek Trail and Intersect Brewing
The nearly 7 mile Spring Creek Trail connects the east and west sides of Fort Collins. It extends from West Drake Road to the confluence of Spring Creek and the Poudre River where it joins the Poudre Trail. Stop in at family-owned Intersect Brewing for a “Perfect Day” pilsner (they also have hard seltzer and kombucha for non beer lovers).
FOR THE MOUNTAIN BIKER
- Lory State Park and Odell Brewing
Lory State Park has a plethora of trails that range in difficulty but they all offer beautiful views. The Corral Center Mountain Bike Park, Colorado’s first official state-sponsored dirt/pump track, offers a comprehensive skills area. After, stop into iconic FoCo brewery Odell Brewing Co for a cold Peach Stand Rambler or one of the new canned wines, like a bubbly rosé.
- Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Funkwerks
The scenic 2,711-acre Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (consisting of Culver, Soderberg, and Hughey Open Spaces) features 29 miles of hiking/biking/horseback riding trails ranging in elevation from 5,430 to 7,255 feet. The trails connect to the Blue Sky Trail and Lory State Park trails. Next, point your tires toward Funkwerks for a killer saison.
- Red Mountain Open Space and Horse & Dragon
Red Mountain Open Space is a 15,000-acre open space located 25 miles north of Fort Collins. Adjacent to Soapstone Prairie Open Space, it offers bikers endless opportunities for exploration. Horse & Dragon is a Fort Collins’ local favorite. Sip the popular Sad Panda, an American-style coffee stout.
FOR THE GRAVEL BIKER
- Country Club Loop and New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins is gravel biking nirvana. The Country Club Loop is an easy, close-to-town 13-mile loop ride that takes you past pretty ponds. Visit https://www.gravelgraceland.com/ for more info. Stop into New Belgium Brewing Company to enjoy a Voodoo Ranger IPA on the killer outdoor patio (reservation required).
If you really just want to bike for beers, the classic go-to brewery route via the Poudre Trail hits two of the city’s most notable breweries: New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing Co, along with relative newcomer Red Truck Beer Company.