A visit to this beautiful Colorado Front Range city is almost certainly filled with brewery tours, bike rides, visits to Horsetooth Reservoir, and meals in the picturesque downtown. But the area surrounding Fort Collins also has a lot to offer and is often much less trafficked than the more popular I-70 stopovers. Below you’ll find our favorite 5 day trips from Fort Collins for you and your family to enjoy.

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1. Estes Park, Colorado

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A sunrise over the Rockies in Estes Park. Photo credit: mark byzewski (flickr)

Estes Park is a perfect escape from Fort Collins into the Rockies. Only an hour away from downtown Fort Collins, Estes Park is home to Rocky Mountain National Park, the famous Stanley Hotel, as well as a beautiful downtown area. Spending time in Rocky Mountain National Park—whether you’re hiking, driving the famed Trail Ridge Road, or wildlife viewing—is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Colorado.

2. Loveland, Colorado

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The sun illuminates the Butte at the Flatiron reservoir in Loveland Colorado. The reservoir thawing out from the winter weather

Just south of Fort Collins, Loveland is not only a next door neighbor to Fort Collins, but it offers some fun experiences for all types of adventurers. Try a local escape room puzzle such as Clueology or Timescape for some extra fun!

3. Horsetooth Reservoir

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Sandstone cliff and lake at dusk – Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins, Colorado, at springtime. Photo Credit: Marekuliasz (iStock).

Located just west of the old Hughes Stadium, Horsetooth Reservoir is a beautiful blue reservoir surrounded by rolling hills. It’s one of the premier day trips from Fort Collins. In the summer, take a boat out on the reservoir or explore one of the many trails nearby.

4. Windsor, Colorado

Just east of Fort Collins, Windsor is growing quickly and is famous for its summer Concert in the Park series. Check out Windsor’s Labor Day weekend Harvest Festival where the town puts together a whole weekend of activities, parades, and a carnival.

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5. Red Feather Lakes

About an hour to the north west of Fort Collins, the Red Feather Lakes are located in beautiful Roosevelt National Forest. This collection of several small lakes is a great place for fishing and hiking, one of many great day trips from Fort Collins.

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