Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Fort Collins, ColoradoThis course will be held at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory on the Colorado State University campus, in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

For those traveling to Colorado by air, the closest major airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), approx. 70 miles from Fort Collins.  For transportation from DIA to Fort Collins, there are airport shuttles that do drop-offs and pick-ups from the major hotels.  There are also several options for rental cars from DIA.  The recommended hotels are within walking distance from campus, so having a car is optional.

Fort Collins has a mild climate with temperatures at the end of March averaging in the 50s (F).  However, our weather can be quite variable, so please check the forecast before packing your bags!

Information on transportation and hotels is posted below.  We've also compiled more detailed information, directions and local tips in a pdf for you to download.

Travel to Fort Collins and Colorado State University

Shuttle Services from Denver International Airport:

 It is recommended that you reserve a shuttle well ahead of time, so you are guaranteed a seat on the right shuttle.

Green Ride – for reservations, call (888) 472-6656 or visit website:
Super Shuttle – for reservations, call (800) 258-3826 or visit website:

Rental Cars and the Toll (E-470):

The most direct route from DIA to Fort Collins include a toll road, E-470.  Make sure to check with your car rental company about toll charges for your rental car, so you don't have any extra charges.  Here is some info on rental cars and E-470 toll charges:

The round-trip toll charges will be $12.60


Recommended: Best Western University Inn (approx. 4 blocks from NREL) (we will have a block of rooms at this hotel)
914 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins
Phone: (970) 484-2984, or toll-free at (888) 484-2984

Hilton Fort Collins
(approx. 4 blocks from NREL)
425 W. Prospect Road, Fort Collins
Phone: (970) 482-2626, or toll-free at (800) 445-8667

The Armstrong Hotel (approx. 1 mile north of campus in downtown Old Town Fort Collins)
259 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins
Phone: (970) 484-3883, or toll-free at (866) 384-3883

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL):

The NREL is located on the second floor of the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building (NESB) at 1231 East Drive.

NREL map