Fort Collins is a destination in and of itself, but for those of us who live here, it’s fun to venture out and explore the glorious world beyond our city limits. One of our favorite things to do is to jump in the car and head out for a quick and memorable day trip. Fort Collins is located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains; whichever direction you drive, you can quickly visit a new and exciting place and still be home by dinner. When you call Confluence Fort Collins home, you’ll be able to have your cake and eat it too. You don’t have to choose between a life of urban comforts or one that ignites your adventurous soul. You can have both. Grab breakfast in Old Town before you hit the road for the day and be back in time to go out with friends in the evening. Don’t believe us? Here are five of our favorite day trips within just a few hours of Fort Collins, Colorado!
Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular and vast, to say the least. The sky's the limit as to what you can do there. Rocky Mountain National Park is a year-round destination; you can stroll through wildflowers in the spring, hike to waterfalls in the summer, catch the changing aspen trees in the fall, and snowshoe the backcountry in winter.
Estes Park, Colorado, is a short 57 miles from Fort Collins through the gorgeous Big Thompson Canyon. Estes offers a plethora of things to do and sights to see. The historic Stanley Hotel holds daily ghost tours that explain the hotel history and tell interesting stories about the resident apparitions. If that’s not your thing, we recommend some of the guided outdoor adventures you can book, like fly fishing, or hiking. For an even more laid-back experience, you can simply take in the downtown shopping or food scene, or stop by one of the local wineries or breweries.
Cameron Pass is the backcountry ski and snowboard destination of choice for Fort Collins residents. With an elevation of 10,276 feet, it gets snow earlier and keeps it longer than some lower-elevation ski mountains. But don’t mistake Cameron Pass for a winter spot only. The summer months offer some incredible activities as well. You can beat the Fort Collins summer heat and hike to an alpine lake to cool off! The 68-mile drive will take about an hour and a half from Fort Collins, allowing you an easy round-trip day!
Lory State Park is like the sweet next-door neighbor whose door is always open and who makes you feel welcomed and refreshed after a nice visit. This mixed-use park is a hop, skip, and a jump from Fort Collins. Locals love it for its close proximity to Fort Collins and for the 26 miles of scenic trails that allow for tons of different activities. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, or bird watching: you name it, Lory State Park can provide. It’s not uncommon to find a soaring golden eagle in the sky above while you hike the trails.
Just hearing the word “hot springs” makes us relax a bit more. There are a handful of hot springs near Fort Collins, but none are as close as Indian Hot Springs. A quick drive up I-70 will land you in Idaho Springs, Colorado, where gold was first discovered in Colorado in 1859. The mining history is strong there - after you take a dip in the geothermal cave baths, you can join a mining tour and learn all about the local history. After that, grab food at Tommyknocker Brewery before heading back to Confluence Fort Collins.
The wild west is alive and well in Laramie. A quick 65 miles to the north, Laramie is flush with history. When you visit Laramie, you can enjoy a walking tour of downtown, enjoy a number of museums and historical landmarks, or go antique shopping. If the great outdoors is your preferred way to explore, the Snowy Range Scenic Byway will take you to some of the most scenic mountain vistas that Wyoming has to offer. You can hike to an alpine lake in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, or sit down for a picnic along many of the roadside stops along the “great sky road.”
Believe it or not, this is just a short list of the day trips you can take from Fort Collins. It would be impossible to name all of the amazing places and activities that you can do in one quick adventure. Secure your loft at Confluence Fort Collins so you can be ready to hit the road and see for yourself. If you’re ready to make Old Town Fort Collins home, contact us today about the new Confluence lofts in the heart of it all. Pre-sales are happening now so don’t delay!