Fort Collins, Colorado
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest is west of Fort Collins and you can find campgrounds which accommodate units from large RVs to small tents. Arapaho NF is sometimes called “the quiet side of Rocky Mountain National Park” and is a peaceful place, with chances to hike, bike, and go boating and fishing. Also in the national forest is Cache La Poudre River, which is beautiful and winding, is a treat to kayak and the wilderness terrain varies in elevation from 6,200 to 8,600 ft. Some say that this kind of wild, outdoor experience is the real Colorado.
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is a place to hike, bike, horseback ride and spot wildlife, including a prairie dog community. The area is arranged in loops and you can find challenging technical bike-riding trails among them. Terrain is greatly varied, with grasslands, stretches of granite, tracts of ponderosa pine and meadows. It is about a 28-mile drive southwest of Fort Collins. There are at least five places to camp in the vicinity, most of which are unserviced but with room for longer rigs, 45 ft. to 75 ft. A couple are fully-serviced.
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is built around a local landmark with its distinctive jaggedy horseteeth-like contour. You can go hiking, biking or horseback riding here and the horseback trails connect to the Blue Sky Trail and Lory State Park trails. Elevations are not extreme, ranging from about 5,500 to 7,200 ft.
Fort Collins has a unique coffee house called the Haunted Game Café. The coffee is reputed to be excellent, and the drink names are derived from gothic and horror influences, hence the word “Haunted”. From the rest of the name, you can infer that gamers are the target group and the supplies of games of all sorts are extensive. But it is also a good place to grab a good cup of coffee or a unique drink.
Families with children can enjoy the Farm at Lee Martinez Park, with its spring baby animals, hayrides, fall pumpkin sales, livestock and pony camps. Young child can even celebrate a birthday there, with planning help from a hostess. Also in Fort Collins, Swetsville Zoo has animals of a different naturefashioned from discarded metal materials by a creative artist.
Fossil Creek Park caters to families with its playground and splash park in a dinosaur boneyard theme. There is a dog park and the entire park is dog friendly.
The Annual Flower Trial Garden is not a typical garden, in that it is not laid out with an eye to color and pattern, but it is nevertheless a beautiful place to stroll and enjoy a picnic. It is cared for by college students, as part of a research program. A gardener can easily find out about the different requirements of various species and take photos and enjoy the sights and scents.
Housed in a nondescript building, the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures has permanent and rotating exhibits of great variety. And the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery covers a range of scientific and historical topics, with films and interactive exhibits.
Fort Colllins has a lot to offer the visitor and you will find lovely full service RV parks as well as rustic camping settings in the nearby national forests.