Enjoy a delicious breakfast in Old Town, Fort Collins’ charming historic district, before heading out to explore the rapids of the Cache La Poudre River. Choose from one of several local outfitters to be your guide through class 1, 2, and 3 rapids on this nationally designated “Wild and Scenic” river.
Fill up with lunch on a sunny riverbank before “plunging” back in for the afternoon.
Go hiking in Poudre Canyon; the most popular is Grey Rock. The trailhead is 13 miles from Fort Collins, and is a nice day hike with a round trip of 6.5 miles and a 2964 foot elevation gain, so make sure you stay hydrated. From the top of Grey Rock you can see the Front Range and have spectacular views of the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail is usually open year round. Or, take one of the hundreds of trails in the surrounding Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forests, the Colorado State Forest or the Rawah Wilderness Area.
Return to Old Town for a delicious dinner and spend the evening relaxing to the sounds of live music in Old Town Square.
Experience breakfast like never before – 2,000 feet above the ground! Soar over Horsetooth Reservoir in a beautiful hot-air balloon while enjoying a champagne breakfast with Spirit of Colorado. After returning to earth, choose from several exciting activities like mountain biking and water sports on Horsetooth Reservoir.
Take a sack lunch or buy lunch at the marina.
Take a fly fishing lesson or a guided trip from the guides at St. Pete’s Fly Shop. You’ll head back to the Poudre to fish this world class stream. Adventurers will fish the Wild Trout Water sections for native rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. For those already schooled in the ways of fly fishing, fish the unrestricted sections of the river and bring your catch to Fish (located in Old Town), where they will prepare it for your dinner!
Brewery bike tour of several Fort Collins’ craft breweries who call the brew-topia home. Many of breweries are an easy bike ride from each other which makes for the ultimate beer tasting tour via bike. No bike? No problem. Stop by the Bike Library in Old Town Square and check one out – for free. Then embark on this self-guided tour of beer bliss.
Start: Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing, next to the bike library in Old Town at 5 Old Town Square, always has something tasty on tap including Not Brown Ale, Poudre Pale and Horsetooth Stout. Looking for something with a kick? Try a Sigda’s Green Chili. Coopersmith’s is also great place for lunch to provide the fuel you’ll need for your ride.
Stop 2: Next, head across Mountain Avenue to Equinox Brewing to enjoy the weekly firkin or sample some of their staple brews. If you fall in love with one, stop by the homebrew store next door to get the ingredients to make your own ale.
Stop 6: One of the newest breweries to land in Fort Collins, Funkwerks, is quickly gaining popularity for their saison beers using organic ingredients. The tap room is used as a testing spot for new beers so stop in for the latest and greatest!
End: New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale, promotes biking nearly as much as it does beer. From the Tour de Fat every September, to Bike-In Cinema each summer, New Belgium is the trendsetter for beer and bike culture. Tastings are free but go early to get a seat.
Photos courtesy of Colorado Tourism