A community that began as a US Army outpost at the end of the Civil War is now the fourth largest city in Colorado. With approximately 161,000 residents, it is home to Colorado State University, a diverse economy, a charming city center affectionately known as "Old Town." The city strives to be eco-friendly and utilizes renewable energy technologies. The Cache La Poudre River (pronounced "poo-der") flows down from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park through a beautiful canyon, out on to the plains and through the city. The Poudre was proclaimed by the US Congress a "wild and scenic river" in 1986. It is a "freestone" river, meaning there are no man-made damns or obstructions as it flows down from the canyon.
Fort Collins boasts and engaging and vibrant culture. Along with the academic community surround CSU, there is a busy music scene, abundant dining, night life and annual festivals that draw huge crowds to the arts. Northern Colorado has been called "the Napa Valley of Craft Beer" and Fort Collins is its epicenter with over 20 local breweries (and the list grows annually).