Whether you’re a student at Colorado State University, someone who has lived in the state for a while but has recently decided to make Fort Collins your home, or you find this part of Colorado alluring because you grew up out of state, there’s plenty to love about our neck of the woods. As a matter of fact, if you’ve been following along with our recent blogs, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been talking quite a bit about what there is to do here in Fort Collins.
From the great restaurants, coffee shops, and local breweries to the downtown shopping area, there’s a whole lot to love about Fort Collins. Even so, there are inevitably going to be times when you want to leave your Fort Collins apartment and explore some of the other great things that this state has to offer. If that’s the case, then we have a few suggestions for you in today’s post! There’s a lot to love about the Centennial State, so if you’re eager for adventure, keep reading to see what we would recommend.
Explore The Great State of Colorado
Go to a Rockies Game
With spring training in full swing, the Rockies are looking pretty good as of right now–although if the past is any indication, things have a good change of turning around quickly. Either way, there’s something special about America’s favorite pastime and this is doubly true when you take in a game at Coors Field. Win or lose, the fact remains that Coors Field is one of the best stadiums in the game.
Grab a Helton Burger from the Number 17 Burger Shack at the left field concourse or grab a souvenir at a Rockies Dugout Store. Whatever you end up doing, making it out to a Rockies game always proves to be a great time. Rain or shine, win or lose, you’ll enjoy your time at Coors Field.
Check Out Garden of the Gods
Tucked away in Colorado Springs–about two hours away on I-25 South–you’ll find something that is truly amazing to behold. Garden of the Gods allows you to take in some of the best that nature has to offer. As a matter of fact, Wikipedia mentions that “archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC.” In other words, people have loved this part of the country for quite some time.
A number of interesting geological formations are ideal whether you are a photographer looking for a great shot, someone who is active and could use a good hike with beautiful surroundings, or simply someone who wants to stay in the car and cruise through the park. Whatever you choose to do, you can be sure that Garden of the Gods will put a smile on your face whether it’s for first visit or your fiftieth.
Do a Bit of Fishing
Being in Fort Collins, it’s almost an absolute necessity to head up the canyon and make a trip to Estes Park. Of course depending on the time that you’re seeing this, you might have a couple of different options. As of the time of this writing, the best way to get there is to head south down 287 and then hop onto US-36W.
You might also be able to take Highway 34 up to Estes, but the canyon is currently closed due to construction.
However you decide to make your way to Estes Park, there’s a lot of great fishing to be done in the area! If you’ve fished before, just grab a fishing license and your gear and find a good spot. If not, there are a number of guided fishing tours to choose from. This just might be the perfect time to take up fly fishing.
Hike a 14er
If you’ve spoken to a local, chances are that you’ve heard about Colorado’s great “14ers.” You might find that you’re not familiar with this term and that’s okay. A 14er, according to colorado.com, is “a mountain peak exceeding 14,000 feet.” In other words, they’re a bit of a challenge to hike! The good news is that here in Colorado, “outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels will find peaks ranging from easy to very difficult, with hiking trails for exploring the state’s scenery, wildlife and rugged beauty.” If that sounds like it’s up your alley, you have nearly 60 different 14ers to choose from.
14ers.com is a great place to get things started as it has everything from trip reports to conditions to route selection tools, user climb times, recommended gear lists, difficulty ratings, and more! In short, if you’re planning to tackle a 14er, this is a great resource to keep in mind.
These hikes provide you with an opportunity to get to know about Colorado’s beauty on a much more personal level. Everyone loves a good challenge and this is doubly true if there is a good reward at the end; in this particular instance, the reward is often one of the most breathtaking views you’re likely to have experienced, making the journey one that is always well worth it.
Visit the Hot Springs
Did you know that Colorado has a handful of different hot springs? If you’ve never been to a hot spring before, you’re in for a real treat. As you might know, they are heated by subterranean volcanic activity. In other words, hot springs are nature’s gift to humanity. These natural hot tubs are truly an incredible thing to behold and you’re sure to have a blast taking a dip.
Whether you head to Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Waunita Hot Springs Ranch in Gunnison, Indian Springs Resort in Idaho Springs, or somewhere else entirely, there are about thirty different options to choose from. How can you make the choice? It might be difficult, but do a bit of research and see what else is in the area for the hot spring you’re considering. There is plenty to do all around Colorado and having a hot spring near a place you already wanted to go would be like icing on the cake.
Everyone could use a bit of rest and relaxation away from home from time to time and a trip to the hot springs is good for both the body and the mind, so make it a point to make the journey. You’ll thank us later!
Looking for Apartments For Rent in Fort Collins?
There is a whole lot to love about the great state of Colorado, but if you’re like us, there’s just something truly special about Fort Collins. It’s what causes nearly 165,000 people to call this city home. Perhaps is the beautiful views, perhaps it’s the friendly people, or perhaps is the great local restaurants. Whatever it is, if you’re looking for apartments to rent in Fort Collins, it just makes sense to live at the best ones you can find.
You’re in luck because at Ram’s Crossing East, we offer apartments near CSU that have great amenities in an unbeatable location. Check out our photo gallery to see for yourself and then don’t hesitate to schedule a tour today. We look forward to hearing from you!