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Lodging rates in Fort Collins are usually higher in summer, and rooms can be especially expensive and hard to find during college graduation and other major college events. The city has numerous chain motels, including the Best Western Kiva Inn, 1638 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins, CO 80524 (tel. 888/299-5482 or 970/484-2444), with rates of $79 to $119 double; Best Western University Inn, 914 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524 (tel. 800/937-8376 or 970/484-1984), with rates of $74 to $139 double; Hampton Inn, 1620 Oakridge Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525 (tel. 800/426-7866 or 970/229-5927), with rates of $99 to $139 double; Quality Inn & Suites, 4001 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, CO 80525 (tel. 800/424-6423 or 970/282-9047), with rates of $99 to $199 double; and Super 8 Motel, 409 Centro Way, Fort Collins, CO 80524 (tel. 800/800-8000 or 970/493-7701), with rates of $59 to $119 double. Rates may be higher during special events, like college graduation. Room taxes add 9.7% to hotel bills.

Camping -- There are several full-service campgrounds in the Fort Collins area. The Fort Collins Poudre Canyon Kampground of America (KOA) is about 10 miles northwest of downtown at U.S. 287 and Colo. 14 (tel. 800/562-2648 for reservations, or 970/493-9758; www.koa.com), open May through September, with rates of $27 to $30 for tents and $30 to $40 for RVs. A second KOA, open year-round, is just off I-25 exit 281, north of Fort Collins at Wellington (tel. 800/562-8142 for reservations, or 970/568-7486; www.fortcollinsnorthkoa.com), with rates of $32 to $37 for RV sites and $27 to $30 for tents per site. Campers looking for a lakeside RV resort might consider the third KOA, Fort Collins Lakeside KOA, northwest of Fort Collins at 1910 N. Taft Rd. (tel. 877/254-4063 or 970/484-9880; www.fclakesidecg.com), which is open year-round and has rates of $40 to $72 for RV sites and $32 to $24 for tent sites. Cabins and lodge rooms run about $60 to $130.

Nearby Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests have a number of established campgrounds, many with restrooms, water, and picnic tables. For rates and other information, contact the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee Grasslands office.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.