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Here are the top 5 best things to see and do

Go Rams!Colorado State University (CSU) is only a few blocks from The Armstrong Hotel and downtown Fort Collins and it’s a destination in and of itself. A vital part of the community in everything from arts to athletics, it’s easy to see why so many students want to call this place home. Take some time to explore the campus on your next visit to Fort Collins – here are our top 5 things to see and do on the CSU campus:

A Walk Across Campus

CSU is a stunningly beautiful campus. The buildings, the tree-lined CSU Oval, and the wide-open view of the foothills from the Lory Student Center make a walk across Campus one of the first things to do. Get acquainted through a virtual tour and then head to campus for a self-guided tour.

Music and Arts

The University Center for the Arts houses the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, and the Department of Art and Art History. This is a true treasure in the community and there is a wide range of events to attend, some of them for free.

Beautiful Gardens

The CSU Trial Garden is a local favorite and definitely a place you must see on your tour of the campus. The Garden is home to live horticulture research and is planted with annuals May through October. It’s a wonderful place to stroll through in the summer to enjoy a variety of flowers, an array of colors, and a wonderful fragrance.

Dining Options

You may not think of it, but many of the dining areas on campus are open to the public. In addition to the Lory Student Center, CSU welcomes the public to come and eat at the following: student-operated Aspen Grill, Ram’s Horn at the Academic Village, and Durrell Dining Center. Check out the hours of operations and locations.

Campus Events and CSU Athletics

The community has access to a wide variety of CSU events including world-renowned speakers, workshops, and even opportunities to visit academic departments when they host an Open House.

If you’re a sports fan, check out the schedules for Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, and more on the CSU Rams website.


You can see why Fort Collins is so fortunate to have Colorado State University as part of the community, so plan a visit to campus while you’re here! It’s about a 15 minute walk from The Armstrong Hotel to the CSU campus, or you can take the MAX bus line for quick, easy access to and from the school. The closest MAX bus stop is just ½ block from The Armstrong on Mason Street.