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Fort Collins Hidden Gems

Fort Collins, Colorado is an underrated city full of hidden gems. From hikes with a view to pigeons taking pictures, you’ll find it all in FoCo.

Swetsville Zoo

Despite its name, the Swetsville Zoo is not the destination to view exotic animals. It is however the perfect destination to view over 170 sculptures ranging from plants to animals to space ships. The sculptures have been fashioned from recycled metal. They do not have a website, but you can check out this roadside spectacle from 10 am to 4 pm every day of the week!

Pigeon Express

The Pigeon Express is one of the most unique photography programs this side of the Mississippi! Pigeon Express uses specially designed backpacks strapped to homing pigeons to capture film of your rafting trip on the Cache la Poudre River. To learn more about how to participate in this amazing, one-of-a-kind experience, visit

The Lyric 

The Lyric is a locally owned independent cinema, event space, music venue, art gallery, and retail space! Check out their website to learn more about their Outdoor Movies, family-friendly events, and Deconstructed Dinner series!

Horsetooth Reservoir

Horsetooth Reservoir is a six and a half mile body of water for visitors to use for fishing, boating, camping, picknicking, swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing, and water skiing! This gorgeous area is open all year round, though hours may change depending on the season! Check out their website for more information!

Gardens on Spring Creek

These beautiful botanical gardens offer 12 acres of gorgeous plants and butterflies! You can also check out summer concerts, homesteads, catered dinners, art exhibits, and more! You can learn everything about the Gardens here!

Arthur’s Rock

This gorgeous trail in Lory State Park is a must see view of Fort Collins! The hike is 3.4 miles out and back with 1,100 feet in elevation gain. Dogs are allowed, so this is a perfect hike for you and your best friend!

Farm at Lee Martinez Park

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park offers hands-on family fun with both educational and interactive experiences. Check out their hours and more about what you can do there here! 

Holiday Twin Drive In 

The drive in is perfect for a date night or some family fun! Holiday Twin is one of the few drive ins in the state and is perfect for the summer. Check out the movie schedule and dates at their website! 

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch 

Sundance is a dude ranch perfect for your weekend getaway or even a day trip! You can horseback ride, river raft, shoot, rock climb, and more. To plan your visit, check out their website!

Colorado Shoe School

Learn to make your OWN SHOES at the Colorado Shoe School. They have classes for sandals and sneakers for a 1/2 day, a full day, or 2 days. You can schedule your class here.