Outdoor Activities in the Fort Collins Area to Try After Thanksgiving Dinner

Here are some outdoor activities to help you keep the peace between family and friends this holiday weekend.

First, take a look at the Fort Collins weather forecast to plan your outing

The best weather days for outdoor adventures will be Friday through Sunday.

Wednesday, November 23: Partly sunny, with a high near 50 degrees. Wind northwest 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph, gusting to 38 mph in the afternoon. There is a 20% chance that it will snow after 11 p.m.

thanksgiving day: 20% chance of snow before 11 a.m., then mostly sunny with highs near 43 and winds north-northwest 13 to 17 mph, gusting up to 29 mph.

Friday, November 25: Sunny, with a high near 55.

Saturday November 26: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Sunday, November 27: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Fort Collins Thanksgiving Run

This annual holiday run begins with a free fun run for the kids at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday. The 4-mile run/walk race begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of West Mountain Avenue and College Avenue in the heart of downtown Fort Collins.

For more information on registration and other details, visit https://fctdayrun.com/race-info/.

Runners participate in the 26th Annual Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run in Old Town Fort Collins in 2019.

CSU’s last football game of the season is Friday

Both teams have endured tough seasons, but tailgating is always nice at Canvas Stadium, especially on a 55-degree sunny day.

New Mexico (2-9 overall, 0-7 Mountain West) travels to face CSU (2-9, 2-5) with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff Friday.

Here is What do you want to know if you are going to a game at the Canvas Stadium.

Visit https://csurams.com/sports/2022/2/3/football-tickets for ticket information.

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Discover wild turkeys at Centerra

A wild turkey spreads its wings in the morning sun on June 21.  A flock of turkeys have taken up residence at Centerra's Promenade Shops near the US Highway 34 and Interstate 25 interchange.

The shops of Loveland Promenade in Centerra and the adjacent Zimbabwean sculptures of Chapungu Sculpture Park are home to a highly visible flock of wild turkeys.

Turkeys can usually be seen in the open area near the Courtyard by Marriot and Jared Jewelry or near the Sculpture Park. Mornings and evenings generally offer the best viewing.

A footpath winds around the sculpture park and makes for a good family walk.

A bonus is checking out the park for free Display of winter wonderland which takes place every evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Take out-of-town guests to the top of the iconic Horsetooth Rock

It’s hard to miss this geological landmark. Summiting this feature with an intriguing name requires an approximately 5 mile round trip hike that starts at 7,223 feet with an elevation gain of 1,440 feet.

Note: Construction in the parking lot on Tuesday and Wednesday will result in a partial closure.

For more information on Horsetooth Mountain Open Space entrance fees and other details, visit https://www.larimer.gov/naturalresources/parks/horsetooth-mountain.

Redeem your Black Friday shopping for a free Fresh Air Friday State Park tour

Fort Collins residents Lori Stromberger, left, and Sue Williams unpack their vehicle at Lory State Park near Fort Collins March 18 after completing the Mills Creek Trail to the Horsetooth Rock Trail.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free admission to its state parks on Friday, November 25, as part of its Fresh Air Friday experience.

The Fort Collins area is home to two nearby state parks: Lory State Parkjust west of Fort Collins, and Lake Boyd State Park in East Loveland.

Both offer plenty of hiking/biking trails, but very different experiences.

If you wish to venture further, Colorado State Forest State Park is located approximately 75 miles west of Fort Collins. It offers snow sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

To locate other state parks, visit https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/ParkMap.aspx.

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