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Popular amenities for Fort Collins vacation rentals

Stay near Fort Collins's top sights

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery81 locals recommend
Old Town Square96 locals recommend
Foothills9 locals recommend
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space46 locals recommend
Whole Foods Market44 locals recommend
Washington Park22 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Fort Collins

  • Total rentals

    720 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    420 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    50 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    240 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    400 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    46K reviews

Your guide to Fort Collins

All About Fort Collins

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains around 60 miles north of Denver, Fort Collins is a vibrant city known for its craft beer, bike-friendly streets, and lively state university. You’ll find all the boutique shops, restaurants, galleries, and breweries you need in Old Town, considered one of the most walkable downtowns in the country. Murals cover the brick buildings here, showcasing local artists, while live music drifts from bars, cafes, and street corners. Fort Collins sits in the shadow of Horsetooth Mountain, so named for its gap-toothed summit. This riot of rocky open space (more than 2,700 acres) includes a waterfall, reservoir, and more than enough hiking and biking trails to keep you huffing thin mountain air for weeks. In summer, the clear waters of the Cache la Poudre River, which is the state’s only Wild and Scenic River, are great for tubing, fly fishing, and whitewater rafting.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Fort Collins

With around 300 days of sunshine each year, there really is no wrong time to stay in one of the vacation rentals in Fort Collins. Summers in northern Colorado tend to be warm but pleasant, making it the perfect time to enjoy many outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or whitewater rafting. As winter rolls around, expect to see Old Town Square transformed with twinkling lights, a pop-up ice skating rink, and holiday decor along the streets and inside the windows of the shops. No matter when you make the trip, come prepared with multiple layers of clothing, especially as the temperatures start to drop during fall and winter.

Festivals and events are held all year long. In March, the Great Plates Festival celebrates local restaurants and raises money for charity. The Taste of Fort Collins is a two-day family-friendly food and music festival held in June, and FORToberfest is an October celebration with live music and local craft beer.


Top things to do in Fort Collins

Horsetooth Reservoir

On hot summer days, most everyone in Fort Collins finds their way to the 6.5-mile-long Horsetooth Reservoir to take part in one water-related activity or another. Boating, jet skiing, and kayaking are popular on the calm waters. The reservoir is also a great spot for hooking walleye and bass from shore or boat.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery showcases a unique collection of interactive displays, including musical instruments, a fossil wall, and an opportunity to build your own model spacecraft. The museum is home to the only 360-degree dome theatre in northern Colorado, which often showcases educational programs and live entertainment.

Lory State Park

Located on the western side of Horsetooth Reservoir about 20 minutes’ drive from Fort Collins, Lory State Park is known for its extensive network — around 26 miles — of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. The trails, which vary in difficulty level, lead you past waterfalls through grasslands and forested areas and provide an excellent opportunity to get to see some of the area’s natural wildlife.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Fort Collins?

    Fort Collins enjoys a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons. Summers can reach highs of 86°F (30°C), while winters can dip down to 16°F (-9°C), providing ideal conditions for winter sports. The region also receives a fair amount of sunshine throughout the year.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Fort Collins?

    In Fort Collins, you can explore the Gardens on Spring Creek, visit the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, or take a stroll in the Historic Old Town. Nature lovers frequently enjoy a scenic drive through the Cache la Poudre River Canyon.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Fort Collins?

    The most popular time to visit Fort Collins is during summer, between June and August, when the weather is warm and many local festivals occur. Noteworthy events include the Colorado Brewers' Festival in June and the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, a music festival, in August.

  • What are the best places to stay in Fort Collins?

    The most popular areas to stay in Fort Collins include the charming Old Town district, for its vibrant art and food scene, and the Midtown area, known for its shopping centers. Poudre Valley is often recommended for its proximity to nature and outdoor activities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Fort Collins?

    Popular places to visit in Fort Collins include the Historical Old Town, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and the Gardens on Spring Creek. Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • What are some hiking trails in Fort Collins?

    Fort Collins has many scenic hiking trails. The most frequently suggested include the Horsetooth Rock Trail, offering panoramic views of the city, and the Arthur's Rock Trail in Lory State Park. The Reservoir Ridge Trail is another popular choice for its stunning natural scenery.

  • What are some family activities to do in Fort Collins?

    Families in Fort Collins often enjoy a day at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, exploring interactive science and history exhibits. The Gardens on Spring Creek, with its beautiful butterfly house, is another family favorite. Outdoor activities at Horsetooth Reservoir are also popular.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Fort Collins?

    Popular day trips from Fort Collins include a visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park, just 97 km (60 miles) away, or Estes Park, a charming mountain town 64 km (40 miles) away. The Pawnee National Grassland, 80 km (50 miles) to the east, is also a recommended option.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Fort Collins?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Fort Collins. Choose from more than 240 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Fort Collins?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 420 vacation rentals in Fort Collins featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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