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Famous Landmarks in Fort Collins – Our Top Five

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Landmarks are there for us. They remind us we have arrived at home or signal to us that we are not, actually, in our ‘hood anymore. We pass them covered in snow, and then later in our flip flops and summer gear. Many are the first things to mind when thinking of a destination. Here is our list of the most memorable Fort Collins Landmarks.

Swetsville Zoo – What an artist eye and a sense of whimsy Bill Swet encompasses when
he creates his delightful creatures at the Swetsville Zoo. He’s been making critters and more from scrap metal at this Fort Collins Landmark since 1985.  Dinosaurs, bugs, knights in armor, and much more grace an enchanting setting next to the Poudre River at Timnath, just east of Fort Collins at Harmony and I-25. The zoo is open to the public and so worth an hour to just meander…be prepared to be charmed! Call 970 484 9509 for more information.


Avery House – Calling our next Fort Collins landmark the most impressive house on Mountain Avenue is like saying the ‘best New York Yankee’, or the ‘most impressive technology from Apple’. Mountain Avenue is lined with beautiful houses. But the Avery House takes the cake for majesty and history. It was built in 1879 of stone from local quarries. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visit their website and take a tour!

Horsetooth Rock – Horsetooth is more than a Landmark. It is a symbol of the city of Fort Collins. It is a reminder that if we started running west at any moment, the start of the Rocky Mountains would soon slow our pace. People climb on it and gaze at it from afar.

There is a story about the heart of an evil giant and the Native American Chief that sliced it into pieces, thus saving the day.

Old Town Square – The center of town and the center of activity, Old Town Square celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary in 2010. The center of the city offers shopping, dining with beautiful views of a quaint American square. Nightlife thrives with bars and clubs in the square and its vicinity.

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Colorado State University – Fort Collins wouldn’t be Fort Collins without the University. The area’s largest employer also plays a large part in the way the town looks and feels because of the size of the campus and the over 30,000 people it attracts. It has Fort Collins landmarks within itself, but the Flower Garden and Track that surround College Ave between Laurel and Pitkin are probably the most famous look. In the summer, horticulturalists grow flowers that beautifully spell out “CSU”. Very nice! And….GO RAMS!

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