Fort Collins: Geography and Climate

Located at the western base of the "Front Range" of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is about 65 miles north of Denver and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The city lies along the banks of the Cache La Poudre River, and the Great Plains lie to the east.

Fort Collins lies in a semi-arid region and experiences four seasons. The city has 300 days per year with sunshine, and the average summer high temperature is 85 degrees. Annual snowfall averages 55 inches, and the snow generally melts within a few days.

Area: 47 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 5,003 feet above sea level

Average Temperatures: January, 57.2° F; July, 71.2° F; average annual temperature, 47.9° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 15 inches of rain; 55 inches of snow