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Fort Collins, Colo., is an hour away from Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park, Red Feather Lakes and 30 min­utes from Cache la Poudre River Canyon.

Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park, which spans the Con­ti­nen­tal Di­vide, is a must-see des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors to Colorado in any sea­son. Near the park’s eastern en­trance is the Banff, Alta.-like town of Estes Park, home to a row of charm­ing shops and three craft brew­eries. The key one to visit is Rock Cut, known for its Enos Pilsner and Quick­draw Amer­i­can Pale Ale. Rock Cut is lo­cated in a plaza be­tween down­town and the base of Prospect Moun­tain. Estes Park also has a new craft dis­tillery, Elkins Dis­till­ing, lo­cated a short drive from the fa­mous Stan­ley Ho­tel, which in­spired Stephen King’s novel The Shin­ing.

TRIP PLAN­NING

See vis­itft­collins.com for an over­view of Fort Collins at­trac­tions.

GET­TING THERE

It’s a 90-minute drive from Den­ver.

UP­COM­ING FORT COLLINS EVENTS Great Plates

March 1-14, 2019 Down­town restau­rants and the com­mu­nity come to­gether to cel­e­brate this town’s en­thu­si­asm for food by en­joy­ing ex­cel­lent din­ing spe­cials and mak­ing gen­er­ous do­na­tions to the Larimer County Food Bank.

See down­town­fort­collins.com.

FOCOMX

April 27-28, 2019

This fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the North­ern Colorado mu­sic scene. Hun­dreds of per­form­ers play at 30-plus venues in down­town Fort Collins. See focomx.fo­coma.org.

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