Horsetooth Reservoir, west of Fort Collins

Explore CSU & the Fort

Resting against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins' location provides easy access to the mountains and is just one hour north of Denver, a major cultural and business center.From snowboarding, camping, fishing, and rafting to world-class shopping and professional sports, you'll find it within a reasonable drive.

At an elevation of 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), Fort Collins has a clear dry atmosphere, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and generally pleasant temperatures. Be prepared for warm weather in the summer (70 to 90F or 20 to 35C) and some cold, snowy weather in the winter (-10 to 50F or -22 to 10C). Annual rainfall averages about 15 inches (38cm).

Fort Collins, a city of approximately 144,000, has everything you could want - friendly people, shopping malls, unique restaurants, movie complexes, natural areas, miles of bike trails, theatres, operas, galleries, an excellent public school district, and more. Its residents take pride in its pleasant location and appearance, its moderate climate, the intellectual atmosphere provided by the University, and the various cultural activities of the city.