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5 best ways to ring in spring in Fort Collins box Tuesday, Mar 17 2015 6:34 pm
Posted By: Jessica Quinn

Fun under the Sun

Outdoor recreation is a year-round activity here in Fort Collins but it really comes alive during the spring months. With warmer temperatures and sunny skies nearly every day, getting outdoors is the best way to celebrate the season! Enjoy hundreds of miles of trails in the Fort Collins area open for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding with even more in the mountain terrain surrounding us! Along the trails you’ll find rushing waters, blooming buds, and wildlife soaking up the warmer weather. Some hiking trails that are perfect for spring include Horsetooth Falls, Horsetooth Rock and Foothills Trails. If you’re looking to get a little further into nature don’t miss Lory State Park and Grey Rock Trail.

Last chance for snow lovers
Even with warmer temperatures in town, the higher elevations and backcountry still have snow lingering for quite some time during the spring. So rent your snowshoes and cross-country skis and get on up the Poudre Canyon for the last couple months of snowy fun! Popular spring snowshoe areas include Cameron Pass Trails and Blue Lake Trail. Rentals can be picked up from JAX Mercantile on your way to the canyon. Enjoy beautiful mountain views and prime backcountry recreation. Our winter recreation blog is a perfect place to start your planning.

Patio Dining
Even with 310+ days of sunshine, we make sure to soak up the sun any chance we get. One of our favorite ways to do-so is by relaxing on the outdoor patio of our local restaurants. You will find that the majority of our restaurants/bars around town have patios and starting in the spring, they get filled up quickly. There’s nothing better than catching some rays while enjoying a tasty meal and/or sipping on a cool cocktail. Find a list of restaurants and bars in the Fort Collins area here.

Tour the town by bike
The preferred method of transportation is by bike here in Fort Collins and although you see locals riding through snow storms, spring is the ideal time to explore this town by bike. With multiple bike shops around town offering bike rentals and the Fort Collins Bike Library opening on April 3rd, it is easy to take part in the popular activity. Fort Collins is a Platinum Level Bike Friendly Community (1 of only 4 in the nation) and offers 285+ miles of biking trails, paved and unpaved, to fit your biking desires. Popular city bike trails include the Spring Creek Trail and the Poudre River Trail while brewery bike trips are also a fun option.

Unwind at a local brewery
What’s better during a warm spring day than a cold craft brew and a lively backyard/patio? I think nothing. With 14+ breweries, all with outdoor seating, there are tons of options if you’re looking to kick back and ring in spring with a cold brew. Start the day off with a tour of New Belgium Brewery and enjoy a game of Rolle Bolle on their back patio afterwards. Don’t miss Odell Brewing Co. and their new backyard expansion featuring a large lawn, outdoor fire pit, plenty of seating and lawn games!

Get some new threads
Find local shopping at its finest here in Fort Collins, and the majority of it is all open-air, which is perfect for the warmer temperatures and spring shopping sprees. Explore Old Town Fort Collins for many boutique style, local and artisan craft shopping. If you’re looking to save some money, window shopping is just as great in this area! Also don’t miss Front Range Village Shopping Center on the south side of town for an excellent shopping experience. Find local and big box stores including Sephora, Charming Charlies, DSW and more. 



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