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Fort Collins Information (provided by the Rudd family)
The Atzlan Community Center is only about 3 or 4 blocks from Old Town Fort Collins. A big tourist attraction is to simply take a walking tour of old town. You can have a paid guide or there is stuff that can be downloaded for free. Is it about a 1.5 hour tour that is easy flat walking. Get a big group together and have the info from the internet and it is a fun afternoon that is also historical. And free.
Also fall is Elk season. Estes Park is about 1 hour drive and then another hour or a little longer to the Alpine center in Rocky mountain nation park (and then two hours back). It is a beautiful drive. But it does require a federal park pass, either for the day or you can buy a year long pass for all federal parks. The day pass is $25 per car (up to 16 people per vehicle). Consider visiting the website for the National Park Service if you plan on going.
If you have kindle unlimited, you can download for free and read the below books on site seeing (created by children of the Rudd family):
Activities To Do, Places To Go, And Things To See In Northern Colorado: A Guide to the Rocky Mountain Area, including Denver, Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, and Estes Park Kindle Edition
There are also some really good beer tours. Fort Collins is one of the three or four centers of microbrews in the US. The tours are usually free, but if you want a tasting of the product, that will cost some money after the tour.
Denver is an hour away, but driving to Denver between 6 and 10 am or coming back between 3 and 7 is a heinous drive.
People might be sick of driving, but a three hour round trip goes from Fort Collins to Laramie to Cheyenne and back again. There are some funky things to see along that, like a giant pyramid and the giant head of Abraham Lincoln. If people are coming in that way, it is something to think about.
If anyone was thinking about visiting the other sites around here, they are more than day trip. It would take a good 4 hours to Steamboat or Snowmass, so unless someone is planing on spending a night there, I would not recommend it.
There are a number of day hikes that can be done around here as well, some hard, some not so hard. But it will be chilly at night.
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