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Outdoor Enthusiast

Fort Collins always rates high on lists of towns that are populated by fit residents with excellent access to outdoor recreation. All around Fort Collins you’ll find bicyclists, hikers, climbers, and every other type of outdoor enthusiast. It is a yearlong indulgence and the Choice City has so many options that it’s nearly impossible to get bored with all the recreational opportunities. Come get fit, have fun and enjoy the great outdoors in Fort Collins!

Day 1

Breakfast at Vern’s Place

Homestyle food served up in a family-friendly atmosphere since 1946. Known for its world famous cinnamon roll, Vern's Place is that authentic down-home, family-style type of place.

4120 Co Rd 54G, LaPorte CO
(970) 482-5511
vernsplace.com

May-August, Enjoy a Guided Rafting Trip

Whitewater rafting down the Cache la Poudre River, Colorado’s only designated “Wild & Scenic” River, is one of the most exhilarating experiences of a lifetime. The Poudre (Pooh-Der), as the locals refer to it, runs through the heart of Fort Collins, making the “Choice City” a river runner’s haven. The rafting season begins as early as May 15. Be sure to book your rafting trip early because spots fill up fast. If you plan to stay a few days be sure to book your stay here.

Local rafting companies: Mountain WhitewaterA Wanderlust AdventureRocky Mountain AdventuresA-1 Wildwater Inc.

Lunch at Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar

Scrumpy's is a local cidery with a passion for fantastic hard cider and incredibly creative sandwiches.

215 N College Ave
(970) 682-1944
scrumpys.net

Dinner at DC Oakes Brewhouse and Eatery

DC Oakes is a place to come together, share good company, good vibes, and celebrate through hand-crafted beer and great food.

3581 E Harmony Rd #110
970-286-2076
www.dcoakesbrewhouse.com

After Dinner Drinks at The Forge Publick House

The Forge is tucked away in Old Town Fort Collins, this cozy bar offers a great environment to relax and sip on some brews.

255 Old Firehouse Alley
(970) 682-2578
theforgepub.com

Day 2

Breakfast at Mountain Iris Café

Mountain Iris serves great food and even better coffee with an international twist.

221 W Prospect Rd #100
(970) 413-2064
mountainiris.com

Lower Dadd Gulch Trail Hike

Located in the Poudre Canyon off Highway 14 this trail winds up Lower Dadd Gulch 3.5 miles to Salt Cabin Rd. You’ll find yourself making about 15 stream crosses while taking in the beautiful views that are seen throughout the hike. Dadd Gulch has an elevation gain of about 1,429 feet and the trail is heavily wooded.

Pack a lunch with Snack Attack

Snack Attack is a local gathering joint with great handcrafted food and great local craft beer.

120 W Stuart St Unit A
970-825-5989
www.snackattackit.com

Have a Biking Adventure

Take a Guided Bike Tour:

Beer and Bike Tours, take a guided bike ride through some of Fort Collins most scenic areas and end the day at a local brewery. beerandbiketours.com

Front Range Ride Guides, custom tailored mountain bike tours of Colorado, with an emphasis on the beautiful Front Range: Areas include Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins. frontrangerideguides.com

Dinner at Jax Fish House

Jax is serving up the freshest, most sustainable seafood alongside the highest quality, farm-fresh local produce.

123 N College Ave
970-682-2275
https://www.jaxfishhouse.com/fort-collins/

After Dinner Drinks at Ace Gillett’s

Step away from one world and descend underground into another at this incredible speakeasy that serves up killer cocktails and delicious tapas.

239 S College Ave
970-449-4797
acegilletts.com

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Camping

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Guides & Tours

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