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Outdoor Activities in and Around Fort Collins

Scenic Beauty and Adventure Near The Elizabeth Hotel

With biking, snowshoeing, rafting, fishing, and more, Northern Colorado is famous for world-class outdoor activities. During you stay at The Elizabeth Hotel, lace up your hiking shoes, get outside, and enjoy Colorado’s scenic beauty with numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure in and around Fort Collins.

Discover these outdoor escapes near The Elizabeth Hotel:

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Made up of 29 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, the scenic 2,700-acre Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is a Northern Colorado landmark known for tremendous views of the Front Range mountains and its picturesque Horsetooth Falls.

Lory State Park
Located amid the foothills just outside Fort Collins, Lory State Park’s rolling valleys and mountainous hillsides are ideal for mountain biking to trail running. Home to more than 175 species of birds, keep an eye out for waterfowl, meadowlarks, and hummingbirds during your visit to the park.

Cache la Poudre River Canyon
Starting in the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Cache la Poudre River runs through the heart of Old Town Fort Collins near The Elizabeth Hotel. A treasured local gem, the canyon is the perfect escape for outdoor lovers with opportunities for whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, and snowshoeing.

Arapahoe Bend Natural Area
Home to rabbits, squirrels, beavers, coyotes, foxes, and deer, Arapahoe Bend Natural Area, just outside of Fort Collins, offers visitors relaxed recreation and impressive mountain views. Plus, take a glimpse into Fort Collins’ past and visit the ruins of one of Northern Colorado’s earliest log cabins.

Rocky Mountain National Park
One of the nation’s most visited national parks, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to stunning mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and a wide variety of wildlife. Whether you’re hiking the Continental Divide or chasing colored leaves, a trip to the nearby Rockies provides the quintessential Colorado experience.