Fort Collins is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the United States, so we take celebrating our Earth very seriously. Fort Collins consistently strives to better the environment and community surrounding itself through various initiatives. Voted No. 1 for The Best Places to Live in America in 2020 by Livability, No. 1 City in America for Cycling by PeopleForBikes, voted the Clean Air Champion by Regional Air Quality Council, along with many other green awards; Fort Collins is frequently recognized for its sustainable efforts that improve the quality of life its residents and travelers. It is now time that sustainable tourism in Fort Collins is recognized.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) defines sustainable tourism as “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment, and host communities”.

This year, Visit Fort Collins has recognized the ever-growing importance of sustainable tourism and has dedicated the month of April to do so. Our planet deserves more than April 22nd to be celebrated, that is why we are reframing Earth Day into Earth Month. For Earth Month 2021, Visit Fort Collins will explore different sectors of sustainable tourism. You will learn more about sustainable transportation, find out about our city’s sustainable business owners who are leading this initiative, dive into sustainable tourism education, and find ways to get involved with these efforts in our community. This blog will serve as your “Sustainable Tourism Guide” to Fort Collins and we hope the resources provided help you travel in our city more responsibly.

Transportation

Sustainable transportation refers to the range of mobility needs in a community that mitigates negative impacts on the surrounding environment. Traveling to, from, and around Fort Collins can easily be done in a sustainable way. After all, Fort Collins has been ranked as the Number One City in America for Cycling. What better way to celebrate this achievement than to experience it first-hand?

Getting to Fort Collins
Groome Transportation

Groome Transportation provides a shared-ride shuttle service between Fort Collins and the Denver airport while using cleaner-burning propane-powered vehicles. In 2019, Groome kept 29,000 tons of CO2 from making it into the atmosphere when compared to travelers driving their own personal vehicle to a hub airport.  Not to mention, they reduce congestion and wear and tear on Colorado highways!

United Flightless Flight

United Airlines is making it easier for you to enjoy all the hiking, rafting, and skiing that Colorado has to offer. Now, you can book your Colorado adventure, fly into Denver and connect to Fort Collins with luxury ground transportation provided by The Landline Company. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that United and Landline are both putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey.

Getting Around Fort Collins
Renting a Bike

Beer & Bike Tours and Recycled Cycles both rent eco-friendly bicycles in town for just $30 per day. 

Public Transportation

MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) serves major activity and employment centers throughout our community including Midtown, CSU, and Downtown. MAX links with other Transfort bus routes, Park-n-Rides, the City's bicycle/pedestrian trail system, and other local and regional transit routes to provide seamless service for passengers. 

Transfort provides exceptional, customer-focused service that meets the Fort Collins community's present and future transit needs. Transfort is all about easy, modern transit.

Bird Electric Scooters are available around Fort Collins and offer a safety-focused, environmentally friendly service via the Bird app that allows you to quickly travel around Fort Collins while making it fun too!

Sustainable Transportation Experiences
Beer & Bike Tours

All of Beer & Bike Tours' guided trips share the story of the local connection with the land our breweries strive for. Learn why Colorado grain makes such great beer and bike around town while doing so! Learn about the stories of the farmers, maltsters, and brewers that create a sustainable process in brewing. At each brewery, learn about the use and conservation of water in a water-intensive industry. Discuss how the proximity of the raw materials creates a fresher brew. All of this is done on planet-friendly transportation. The bicycle can save the world.

Front Range Ride Guides

Breweries & Restaurants

Check back on April 12th to learn more!

Sustainable Tourism

Check back on April 19th to learn more!

Community Development 

Check back on April 26th to learn more!