Revel in the stunning Rocky Mountain scenery in Fort Collins, a laid-back spot with a relaxed college-town atmosphere. Well-preserved natural areas sit between welcoming neighborhoods here so you can enjoy both urban comforts and fantastic outdoor access. Bring your bike to explore the city’s trail system or head up into the nearby foothills for challenging hikes and panoramic views. With a wide variety of Fort Collins vacation rentals, it’s a breeze to find an ultra-modern loft or a charming single-family home to accommodate your group. Here are the top 9 Fort Collins vacation rental locations to help you find the perfect getaway for your squad in Colorado.

1. Downtown

Soak up the energetic vibe of Downtown Fort Collins, a busy area with a steady stream of foot traffic. Grab a coffee and spend a day wandering through the area’s eclectic collection of shops. At the end of the day, check out the wide range of downtown restaurants; locals love the tapas at Social and the gluten-free options at Scrumpy’s. If your trip takes place in the winter, be sure to bundle up for a stroll down College Avenue after dark to see the trees lit up with Christmas lights.

2. Old Town

Experience historic Fort Collins in Old Town. With its stunning buildings and flowering gardens, this charming neighborhood is one of the most desirable spots in the city. In fact, it’s so beautiful that it inspired the design of Disneyland’s Main Street USA. Choose a vacation rental near Library Park for beautiful views and easy walking access to more than 80 local restaurants. In the summer, stroll through the park to watch local musicians or explore the neighborhood with a ride on the historic trolley.

3. River Rock

If you’re heading to Fort Collins with your little ones then look no further than River Rock for a great vacation rental. This compact neighborhood sits next to the large Lee Martinez Park, which provides plenty of room to run or hike. Meet the animals and ride the ponies at the Farm at Lee Martinez Park or head to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for a day of hands-on fun. Then, lace up your running shoes and take the Hickory Trail through the River’s Edge Natural Area and Legacy Park.

4. Sheely Addition

Step back in time when you visit Sheely Addition, a neighborhood known for its beautiful mid-century modern homes. After a day of exploring Fort Collins, return to your vacation rental for a quiet evening. Many local homes feature large lawns, so you can host a family barbecue or provide space for your little ones to play. Enjoy safe walking and biking on the popular Spring Creek Trail, or stop by the Gardens on Spring Creek for a picnic, yoga class or an evening stroll.

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5. University North

Surround yourself with the youthful energy of Colorado State University with a vacation rental in University North. Here, a steady flow of bikers and walkers makes the neighborhood come alive. After a day of hiking in the foothills, you can attend a musical at The Lincoln Center or walk down to the university campus to watch a Rams sporting event. The restaurants and bars of Old Town lie just a few blocks away, and the nearby Fort Collins City Park offers lovely lake views.

6. Mountain View Heights

Enjoy a relaxed, small-town feeling close to downtown Fort Collins in Mountain View Heights. Vacation rentals on the west side of the neighborhood provide expansive views over undeveloped fields. If you’re a runner or a biker, look for properties on the southern side for faster access to the Fort Collins City Park. Walk your dog down miles of trails, relax by the lake or enjoy a round of golf on the park’s onsite course.

7. Red Fox Meadows Natural Area

Stay close to nature with a vacation rental in the areas surrounding Red Fox Meadows Natural Area. In the morning, enjoy a walk along the local trails, or bring your bike to explore the paths that connect to the Fischer Natural Area in the south. Rentals in this neighborhood range from family homes to sleek condos, so it’s easy to accommodate any group. Downtown lies just three miles away, and the Horsetooth Reservoir to the west features miles of hiking trails, rock-climbing spots and excellent fishing.

8. Bucking Horse

Bring the whole family to a spacious vacation rental in Bucking Horse, one of Fort Collins’ newer neighborhoods. With its enviable location near some of the city’s best outdoor spaces, this area is ideal for nature lovers. Homes on the eastern side of the neighborhood sit next to Prospect Ponds Natural Area, where beautiful hiking trails meander next to ponds and the Cache la Poudre River. From there, connect to the Cottonwood Hollow, Riverbed Ponds, Cattail Chorus and Kingfisher Point Natural Areas.

9. Lory State Park

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, a vacation rental near Lory State Park is a perfect choice. Bring your hiking shoes or mountain bike; the park features extensive trails and steep climbs. Head to Arthur’s Rock for rock climbing and some of the best views in the area. For a water adventure, launch a kayak at the North Eltuck Bay of the Horsetooth Reservoir. To the east, Reservoir Ridge Natural Area provides additional hiking trails.

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