Planning your trip

Whether you are only attending the conference or are considering to extend your stay, here are some details to help you plan your trip!

When to arrive and leave

The conference officially begins on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 5 pm, and ends on Monday, July 16th. Board members, Committee Chairs, Editors, and others having a leadership role in IARR will want to arrive by Wednesday evening in order to attend the Board meeting on Thursday, which will begin at 8:30 a.m.

 

If you would like to take advantage of the optional excursions taking place on the last day of the conference, departure travel should be planned for Tuesday, July 17th.

 

Should you choose to extend your trip to enjoy all that the front range area has to offer, there are some additional vacation ideas below.

 

Travel to Fort Collins, CO

Denver International Airport (DIA)

The nearest international airport to Fort Collins is DIA, which is approximately 70 miles southeast of Colorado State University. The airport is a hub for United, Southwest, Frontier, and Great Lakes airlines, making flights to Colorado affordable.

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Green Ride Shuttle

After arriving at the airport, the Green Ride Shuttle can take you to your local accommodations. Travelers should reserve their shuttle seat prior to arrival if possible so as to guarantee a spot. Shuttles leave the airport approximately every 60-90 minutes, and the ride to Fort Collins is about 1 hour. Use "CSUMAP" discount code when you book your shuttle in order to obtain a discount on your fare!

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Travel within Fort Collins

The local accommodations reserved for this conference are within walking distance of the Lory Student Center (where the conference is being held) and the Durrell Center where two lunches will be served (included in the registration price).

 

While it takes only a few minutes to walk to Old Town Fort Collins, where there are many restaurants and bars, here are some other ways to get around the city:

Max Bus Rapid Transit Service

Included with your registration, you will have unlimited rides on the Max, which travels regularly north and south along the central Mason street corridor. This bus has free Wifi and can take you from the Colorado State University campus and the Hilton Hotel to Old Town in a jiffy. If you want to explore other parts of Fort Collins, you can also ride the Max south of town, where there are numerous breweries and additional shopping opportunities such as the recently renovated and expanded Foothills Shopping Mall.

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Fort Collins Bike Share

Fort Collins has a great bike share program, with locations to pick up bikes all over the city. All you need to do is register.

This is a fast, easy, and healthy way to explore the city!

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Extended/Enhanced Stay Ideas

For a full list of what Fort Collins has to offer, check out the Visit Fort Collins page. Below are a few suggestions that you might want to consider!

When in Fort Collins, you cannot miss out on trying at least one of the locally produced microbrews!  Even people who don't think they like beer will find something to their liking. The brewery list continues to grow, but you can stay updated by checking out the local websites like this one.

 

Beer still not your thing? There are many distilleries, cider houses, and even wineries in town!

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Rent a boat, pontoon, or jetski for a day on the water at Horsetooth Reservoir. Bring a picnic or plan a BBQ at one of the many picnic areas around the  water.

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Have brunch in Old Town and explore the exhibits at the Fort Collins Museum of Art.

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Arrive a day early (Wednesday July 11th) and check out a concert at Colorado State University's Summer Lagoon Series. Free concerts are held outside of the Lory Student Center on campus and there are food trucks available!

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Get tickets to a local and exceptionally well produced dinner theater rendition of Grease! Midtown Arts Center is located right off the Max bus line and dinner is always included in the ticket price. Shows are held on weekend evenings, so Friday and Saturday night shows do not conflict with any planned conference events.

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Take a guided fly fishing trip! No need to bring gear, as the guides provide everything you need. They will teach you the basics, or help polish existing skills!

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Take a day trip over to Estes Park! It is a beautiful town 1 hour west of Fort Collins, through the spectacular Thompson River Canyon. The town is at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Rent a cabin, RV, or camping equipment to explore the wilderness around Fort Collins. There are many beautiful campsites and hikes near the conference venue. Contact one of the local organizers for details if you are interested!

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Activities for kids (or the young at heart)

Check out the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery! There are many exhibits and the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. Plus, it is located right at the end of the Max line in Old Town.

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Visit a hands-on farm in Old Town: The Farm at Lee Martinez Park!

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On a hot day, the City Park pool is a great option to cool down. There are water slides, a  lazy river, and playgrounds across the street in City Park.

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