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Best Places In Fort Collins To Watch The Leaves Change [PICTURES]

Fort Collins City Park Leaves Changing
Photo by Todd Harding

Right now is a great time to watch the leaves turn in Northern Colorado. The mountains reached their peak a few weeks ago, but here along the front range, we still have a couple weeks left. I have compiled a list of “The Best Place in Fort Collins to Watch the Leaves Change”.


5.  Mountain Avenue

Mountain Avenue is one of the most historic streets in Fort Collins. There are a lot of older houses and quaint bed & breakfasts. However, what really makes the street beautiful is the trees. I have always loved how the trees come together to cover the entire street.  Mountain Avenue is #5 on my list of “The Best Place in Fort Collins to Watch the Leaves Change”.

Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins
Todd Harding, TSM

 


4. CSU Oval

The CSU Oval is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Fort Collins. The Oval circles around to the front steps of the administration building at Colorado State University. Its trees are big and old and is a sight to behold as the leaves turn from green to gold. The CSU Oval is #4 on our list.

CSU Oval - Fort Collins
Todd Harding, TSM

3. Poudre Trail

The Poudre Trail runs along the Poudre River in Fort Collins for 10 miles. I had forgotten how beautiful it is, so yesterday I took a walk, and it all came back to me. I entered the trail just north of the Farm at Lee Martinez Park. Pick any spot along the trail and you won’t be disappointed. I picked it for the 3rd best place to watch the leaves change in Fort Collins.

Poudre River Trail - Fort Collins
Todd Harding, TSM

2. City Park

Fort Collins City Park is a no-brainer!  It is spectacular!  It has been a city park since the early 1900s and many of the trees have been there since the beginning.  Sheldon Lake is right in the middle of the park, which adds to the beauty and is a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the fall foliage. It’s #2 on my list.

City Park - Fort Collins
Todd Harding, TSM

1. Riverbend Ponds

The Riverbend Ponds welcome you to Fort Collins as you come off I-25 onto Prospect Road. You can see Horsetooth Rock and the Poudre River from the ponds. It really is gorgeous. It was a spot that really wasn’t on my radar, but I was driving by and had to stop and take a look. I’m glad I did. The Riverbend Ponds are my #1 “Best Place in Fort Collins to Watch the Leaves Change”.

Riverbend Ponds, Fort Collins
Todd Harding, TSM

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