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Water Works Open House

  • 1883 Fort Collins Water Works 2005 North Overland Trail Fort Collins, CO, 80521 United States (map)

Free admission. Donations appreciated. No reservations required. 2005 N. Overland Trail, Fort Collins

Spring is just around the corner in Fort Collins, and along with it comes the start of open-house season at the historic Water Works site on Overland Trail. Beginning May 12, the 1883 Fort Collins Water Works holds free monthly open houses on the second Saturday of each month, through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Built in 1882–1883, Fort Collins’ first public works project includes 23 acres, four buildings, and two historic irrigation ditches. This fascinating historical site is being transformed into an interpretive center for visitors to learn about the history of water development and use in Fort Collins. Tour guides offer insights into the architecture and construction of the buildings as well as the engineering of the turbines, pumps, and filter system.


A nearly century-old orchard on the site features several early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of Larimer County’s largest cottonwood trees is located at the Water Works. During tour season, the Water Works makes a great scenic stop for bicyclists enjoying the community’s many bike trails.


For more information, email, or call (970) 221-0533

Earlier Event: June 9
Big Splash at the Water Works!
Later Event: June 10
Avery House Open For Tours