Walk to Old Town Square to check out a bike at the bicycle library and head out for an afternoon of cycling and beer. Make a reservation for a tour at New Belgium Brewing ahead of time and get an inside glimpse of this über green brewery and their Belgium-inspired beer. Go east along Lincoln and hit up Odell Brewing, the brand-new Fort Collins Brewery facility, Funkwerks, which took over the old Fort Collins Brewery facility, and then back into Old Town for a pint at the new Equinox Brewing.
Find a downtown restaurant—we suggest Austin’s American Grill for stellar ribs and rotisserie chicken or Tasty Harmony for funky vegan creations—and if you’re still up for it, catch a foreign film or independent flick at the tiny locally owned theater just down the road, Lyric Cinema. The next day, head up the intimate and picturesque Cache La Poudre Canyon and find your camping spot along the river at the Ansel Watrous campsite. You’ll want to check out the beefy Grey Rock trail or the more meandering Youngs Gulch path before you find a spot at the Mishawaka Amphitheater, a famed outdoor music venue that edges up to the Poudre River, for a show (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Keb’ Mo’ and Sam Bush are already lined up for the summer).
Head back to your campsite for s’mores and songs by the campfire. The next day, hit the road and continue up the canyon. You’ll reach Cameron Pass, gloriously hanging between the Never Summer and Medicine Bow Mountains. Check out the amazing view and find one of the many trails that offer challenging hikes (you’ll see trail signs up down the road; Michigan Ditch is an easy trail that provides postcard-perfect views of the Nokhu Crags). Get back on Hwy. 14, and keep heading west until you hit the quiet little town of Walden, the “moose viewing capitol of Colorado.” Grab a room at the Antlers Inn, which has Western luxury in spades, and grab dinner at the River Walk Café. Savor the sheer unfussiness of this tiny town.
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