History and Ghost Tours
History buffs will have a wonderful time exploring Fort Collins history and the picturesque downtown and Western landscape.
Downtown’s historic buildings showcase innovative architecture, tell the pioneering story of Colorado’s west and have faint shadows of the military encampment. Fort Collins even has a tie to Disneyland USA, the historic strip on Walnut Street and the old Firehouse served as inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street. Take part of the self-guided walking tour of Downtown’s historical highlights; click here for the Historic Walking Tour map. And tour companies offer many guided history tours including one via horse drawn wagon!
The Poudre Landmarks Foundation also runs regular events and tours of the Avery House, and an annual historic homes tour each September. Visitors can ride the working Birney Car Trolley between City Park and Downtown, explore the history of Annie the Railroad Dog and take a ghost tour to explore the paranormal history of Old Town. There is rich western history to explore!
Want to know more or dive in a little deeper? Many brochures are available at both the Colorado Welcome Center (Prospect and I-25) and the Downtown Visitors Center (19 Old Town Square).
You can also pick up one of the many Fort Collins history books about all our stories, characters, and buildings at our Downtown bookstore. Or, read from our online Fort Collins Historic Connection or visit our official archives at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
Spirits, aberrations and specters are all about as you walk through the historic streets of Old Town Fort Collins. The original location for the town’s earliest residents, Native American tribes before them, and the home to the civil war military encampment, Old Town is the keeper of many secrets. There are underground tunnels, a secret river and a seedy underworld that lead to many haunted stories from Fort Collins’ past.
If you love to be frightened or just intrigued by auras, Fort Collins Ghost tours are just the ticket. Knowledgeable actors and guides take guests through the area’s history and ghost stories as you walk or ride through the enchanting Western streets of Old Town.
Located near the Burlington Northern and the Santa Fe Railroad, the original parade grounds for the Fort and the city’s jail, Old Town has over a century of characters, villains and strange occurrences that create its haunted past. Sharing legends and ghostly recounts are the forte of the costumed guides whose stories will make your heart pound. Strange sightings and energies have been noticed in the area for well over 100 years. You can experience ghosts, séances, haunted tours, and stories of historical criminal behavior by bus, foot, or horse-drawn wagon year around.