Located on the northern border of Fort Collins, Colorado is the “Colorado Welcome Center at Fort Collins“, with the street address of 3745 E. Prospect Rd. People driving south on I-25 from Wyoming into Colorado will see the exit for Prospect Road which also advertises a Rest Area.
It’s a 39 mile drive south from Cheyenne. Keep driving until you see exit 268 for Prospect Road, and follow the signs. The Rest Area and the Welcome Center are adjacent to each other.
This Welcome Center is open from 8 am to 6 pm every day except holidays.
Like many cities around the United States, Fort Collins has a program in which local artists paint a giant statue – in the case of Fort Collins a rearing horse – and businesses purchase them and place them at strategic spots around the city.
One of these rearing horses is in front of the Colorado Welcome Center at Fort Collins.
The Colorado Welcome Center also features a nature park, Running Deer Natural Area, where visitors can spend as long as they like walking through nature. There are also picnic tables, and drinks and candy can be purchased inside the Welcome Center.
The Welcome Center itself takes up only part of the building – the rest given over to a variety of offices. There is a desk manned by volunteers, all who are well-trained and knowledgeable about Colorado and the locations, events and things to see.
It is well to stop here even if you are not interested in picking up brochures because they have computer access and a large screen monitor so they can check traffic times on highways around the state.
But the brochures and information available here are invaluable, and every traveler – from tourist to businessperson just passing through, will benefit from stopping here and learning what’s available. There are magazines that offer coupons for discounts on food and lodging, for example.
There is also a small gift shop here, if you want to pick up souvenirs on your entry into the state.