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Fort Collins is the home of the Colorado State University and the New Belgium brewery and several others. It's also home to one of the best places to boulder in the world, according to Rock and Ice Magazine, Hoorsetooth Reservoir.

The city itself has about 130,000 residents, 40 parks within the city, over 20 miles of walking and bike paths and 3 golf course, but you probably aren't that interested in that. Fort Collins is located just minutes from the Poudre Canyon, Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, etc.

If you are looking at relocating the major employers, include Colorado State University, Poudre School District, Hewlett Packard, Poudre Valley Health Systems, Eastman Kodak, Larimer County, Agilent Technologies and the City of Fort Collins.

Getting There

Fort Collins is 70 miles North of Denver on I-25. Once you get there and you need help to find all the brew pubs, then hopefully this map will help.


Big City Burrito on the SW corner of Mulberry and College, is a great place to tank up.

The Pickle Barrel has great sandwiches and also serves drinks. Located a half a block west of College Avenue on the north side of Laurel St. Jax Outdoor Gear is located at 1200 N. College, has a phone of (970) 221-0544, and is a good, locally owned store for climbing and ski equipment. Unfortunately, The Mountain Shop, previously a great resource, has closed.

If a brew pub or "brewery tour" is more your thing, you have arrived in heaven! There is the New Belgium Brewery, where you have great beer combined with wacky folk, located on 500 Linden street. They support a lot of climbing events as well so that puts on top of the list! Odells is another brewery located om 800 East Lincoln Avenue. However, for tradition pub food and beer try Coopersmith's at 5 Old Town Square.

More to come, but I've got a lot of sampling to catch up on first!

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V2 5+
My Two Cents
V2+ 5+
Beached Whale
V3+ 6A+
Penny Pincher
V4- 6B
Right Eliminator
V4 6B
Right Eliminator Prow
V5-6 6C+
Kahuna Roof
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
East of Eden
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rapunzel, Rapunzel
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
The Scepter
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Silver Girl
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Ballet of the Bulge
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Tour de Poudre
Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
My Two Cents Horsetooth Rese… > Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
V2 5+ Boulder
Beached Whale Horsetooth Rese… > Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Penny Pincher Horsetooth Rese… > Rotary Park > Pitch Penny Boulder
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Right Eliminator Horsetooth Rese… > Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
V4- 6B Boulder
Right Eliminator Prow Horsetooth Rese… > Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder
V4 6B Boulder
Kahuna Roof Carter Lake > Kahuna Boulder
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
East of Eden Poudre Canyon > … > Eden Area > Eden Wall
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Rapunzel, Rapunzel Poudre Canyon > Palace > Citadel
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Scepter Poudre Canyon > Palace > Scepter
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Monstrosity Poudre Canyon > Palace > Mineshaft Wall
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Girl Poudre Canyon > Crystal Wall > N Face
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Ballet of the Bulge Poudre Canyon > Crystal Wall > Southwest Alcove
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
O.D.K. Poudre Canyon > Triple Tier Area > Old Aid Wall aka Uppe…
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tour de Poudre Poudre Canyon > Crystal Wall > N Face
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 2 pitches
Tailspin Poudre Canyon > Triple Tier Area > Old Aid Wall aka Uppe…
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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The restaurant section seems to be combining Colorado Springs with Fort Collins. Though maybe the two have more in common than I am aware of. Sep 25, 2007
You're right, I don't know of any Borelli brothers. Or a Platte Street in Fort Collins for that matter. Mar 5, 2008
JOhn CAmeron
JOhn CAmeron   DENVER!!!
Dear Knowledgable Ft Collins' Persons,

Is there a place i can park and camp for free close to town/ horsetooth/ the 420's? I have a loft in my car and i have been commuting from Denver for work so i figured i would just crash up here instead of making the drive all the time. PLus- i could hit up horsetooth after work and not need to spend my time behind the wheel...

Suggestions anyone?

Also- where would be the best spot for some after work bouldering- aka- one that is not roasting in the afternoon sun?

thanks in advance-
your Denver amigo, CAmeron Jul 14, 2009
Ben Schneider
Westminster, CO
Ben Schneider   Westminster, CO
New Poudre Canyon Guidebook Donates All Profits to Craig Luebben's Family

Poudre Canyon Rock Climbing Guide, by Craig Luebben, Bennett Scott and Cameron Cross is now available for advance purchase from the publisher, Fixed Pin Publishing.

This project was started almost 20 years ago with the publication of a Greyrock climbing guidebook (1991) by Craig Luebben, who many climbers know as the inventor of the Big Bro and the prolific author of instructional climbing books. During his time in Fort Collins, Craig contributed many first ascents to the canyon. With Craig’s support, Ben Scott and Cameron Cross of the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition (NC3) spearheaded the effort to release this book online and free of charge to the climbing community. Tragically, on August 9th, 2009, Craig died in the North Cascades while training for an AMGA guide’s exam. While Craig could not be a part of the final stages of the process, the NC3 released Poudre Canyon Routes Select as a free download last fall.

Almost a year after Craig's death, his contributions to the climbing community are helping fulfill a dream he himself never realized - seeing his daughter Giulia attend college. 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Craig Luebben Memorial Fund, and will specifically be invested in a CollegeInvest 529 Plan for his daughter.

Additionally, when the book is available in local retail outlets this November, three local shops will be donating their share of the profits to the fund: Bent Gate Mountaineering, Neptune Mountaineering and Wilderness Exchange.

Thanks to a generous donation for the printing costs, when you buy this book directly from the publisher or from one of these supportive local shops, every penny you spend will go into Giulia's college fund.

Follow this link to read more about the project and to reserve your advance copy: fixedpin.com/Poudre_Canyon_…
Jul 30, 2010
Apt Man  
Fort Collins is an awesome town. There really is a lot to do and it is an awesome community. You mentioned a lot about the things to do, but it's important to also note that the town is full of economic healthiness to be had. Because it was named number 1 place to live, there are tons of opportunities in the town. I read a lot about it on Apartments in Fort Collins.

I pretty much think the town is great, and it's a great place to raise a family or to live your outdoor life. Although we could be closer to the mountains. Fort Collins is about 2 hours from the mountains for the skiers, but we have all of the swimming at Horsetooth and the biking up there as well. Gotta love old town as well. Go Fort Collins! Jan 2, 2011
I'm looking for skiers! I understand this is a climbing info website, but if any of you athletes in Fort Collins are also skiers, I'm looking for some ideas for good ski rates and places to check out! Ski Clubs?? Group Trips? I'm here for a month and looking to get in the most skiing possible!

yannessal@gmail.com Feb 8, 2012
From a FoCo Local,

The restaurants section is half correct and half not. Big City Burrito, Pickle Barrel and the breweries are in FoCo. The Sonterra grill and Borelli brothers are not. For good sit down mexican try Los Tarascos on College just north of Mulberry, ( a few doors up from Big City Burrito). For great pizza & wings check out the locals favorite Pizza Casbah located on Laurel just west of College.
Also sadly the Mountain Shop is now CLOSED!!!! For all your climbing (and any outdoor equipment) needs try Jax on north College (~1 mile north of Old Town on the east side). Also REI is on College on the south side of town between Horsetooth and Harmony.

Cheers! Jul 17, 2012
Jerimiah Gentry
Denver, CO
Jerimiah Gentry   Denver, CO
Can anyone recommend dirt bag camping in the FC area? I'd like to spend a few days exploring the climbing and running.

EDIT: Answer to my question here. May 11, 2013
Anyone have recommendations for good beginner leads near FoCo? Sport or trad, doesn't matter, I suppose, as long as you can sew any trad up. Trying to get a friend on the sharp end. Thanks. Sep 15, 2017
I'm selling a BRAND NEW pair of Five Ten Anasazi MoccAsym Climbing Shoes for $100. I got size 10 US (43 EU), and unfortunately they are too small. These are usually $125 before taxes, so this is a pretty solid deal. Text me if you want them! 303-489-7378. Apr 17, 2018