DescriptionAfter the 1860s conflicts with Native Americans ended, the Army garrison abandoned its post on the Cache la Poudre River, leaving its buildings and its name, Fort Collins, to the adjoining settlement. The town's economy initially was supported by commerce along the Overland Trail and nearby farms and ranches. More recently, however, Fort Collins has emerged as an industrial, technological and educational center.
Colorado State University, a land-grant institution established in 1879 as an agricultural college, is known for its forestry, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, computer technology and electronic research programs.
The Fort Collins Municipal Railway runs between the city park and downtown on weekends and holidays during summer. Scenic drive SR 14 leaves US 287 3 miles northwest of Fort Collins. The road follows the Cache la Poudre River through narrow Poudre Canyon—in one place tunneling through solid rock—and traverses the Pawnee National Grassland.
Historic Old Town Square at College and Mountain Avenue is now a retail center. Lincoln Center, a venue for performing and visual arts, hosts plays, musicals, top entertainers and trade shows. Horsetooth Reservoir and Lory State Park offer a variety of recreational activities.
InfoOfficeFort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau 19 Old Town Square Suite 137 FORT COLLINS, CO 80524. Phone:(970)232-3840 or (800)274-3678
Attraction PlaceHoldersAnheuser-Busch Brewery Tour Center