RamTrax is Colorado State University’s premier visitor experience developed to showcase the university’s outstanding academic programs, highlight our prestigious research, and expand outreach to the community. This program offers participants an interactive, behind-the-scenes excursion that explores CSU’s laboratories, innovative technologies, and state-of-the-art facilities while also providing the opportunity to dialogue with faculty and staff who are leading experts in their fields. We invite you to experience Colorado State University!
Most popular tours
- A Day in the Life of a Student
- Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center
- Backstage: University Center for the Arts
- CSU Arts and Garden Tour
- Equine Reproduction Laboratory & J.W. Pickett Center
- Global Energy Solutions
- Tour for the Cure
- Pinegree Park
- Aggies to Rams: CSU Athletics
- CSU in Bloom
- Discovering Healthy Lifestyles
- 21st Century Campus: New Facilities
- CSU Sustainability: Earth, Sun & Fire
- Academic Village
The Academic Village, CSU’s newest residence hall community, features a commons with water fountain, award winning Ram’s Horn Dining Center, the Engineering Hall, the Honors Hall and Aspen Hall. The state-of-the-art Academic Village is located on the south side of campus close to academic classrooms and the intramural fields.
- Ram’s Horn Dining Center
Ram’s Horn is CSU’s award winning dining hall. It features a Mongolian grill, TexMex bar, Sports Grill, Sizzling Salad bar, Stone Hearth Pizza, wraps & deli sandwiches, dessert bar, coffee station, and a carving station.
- Student Recreation Center
CSU’s newly remodeled Student Recreation Center, funded entirely by student fees, is a breathtaking combination of state-of-the-art amenities and eye-popping cultural design. The 165,000 sq. ft. facility features a two-floor cardio-weight fitness area, two fitness studios, bouldering cave, climbing wall, in-pool rock wall, 10-lane swimming pool, indoor and outdoor basketball, volleyball and inline hockey areas, a hot tub and much more! Students take advantage of personal trainers, intramurals and group fitness classes.
Located just 4 miles north of Fort Collins, ARDEC serves Colorado State University in facilitating many different agricultural related projects and research activities through the commitment and dedication of state resources.
The facilities provide faculty, staff, students, agricultural producers, processors, agribusiness representatives, natural resource managers, governmental agencies and others with the opportunity to participate in work conducted on-site. ARDEC also once served as home to CSU’s beloved mascot, Cam the Ram, and now is home to sheep, pigs, and various types of cows.
1400 Remington St.
Go backstage at CSU’s newest arts facility located in the old Fort Collins High school. View our two museums:
Get an inside look at our music, theater, and dance programs by touring through rehearsal areas, costuming department, and performance facilities.
1400 Remington St.
Go backstage at CSU’s newest arts facility located in the old Fort Collins High school. View our two museums: University Art Museum and Avenir Museum of Design & Merchandising. Get an inside look at our music, theater, and dance programs by touring through rehearsal areas, costuming department, and performance facilities.
Then, head outside to view our beautiful Annual Flower Trial Gardens. The outdoor display and test areas at the Annual Flower Trial Garden were established to allow students, researchers, industry representatives, homeowners and extension personnel to learn, teach and evaluate through horticultural research and demonstration projects conducted in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region. The entire garden is planted with annuals from late May through October.
The CSU Equine Reproduction Program has developed leading-edge equine reproduction techniques for the equine industry for over 45 years.
Researchers have developed cutting-edge techniques in the collection of semen, artificial insemination and the transfer of embryos. Head out to the foal barn where you can see the newest additions to equine family that were born with the help of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory services. Located adjacent to the ERL, the J.W. Pickett Equine Center is a 300’ x 150’ indoor arena that includes seating for more than 2,000 spectators, faculty offices, a classroom complex, outdoor arena, round pens, sheds, and paddocks. An additional indoor arena houses 36 stalls, offices, a veterinary treatment area, tack and storage rooms, grooming racks, farrier station, and a classroom with an arena viewing area.
430 N. College Ave.
The global demand for energy is rising, even as global production of petroleum will soon decline. Pollution from fossil-fuel combustion has a worldwide impact on health, and the buildup of greenhouse gases is forcing global climate change. Colorado State University’s Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory is confronting the global energy challenge through research and the creation of innovative energy solutions and entrepreneurial models which benefit the human condition and achieve global impact.
Animal Cancer Center
300 West Drake Rd. Fort Collins
CSU’s Animal Cancer Center is the largest center of its kind in the world. It’s the focal point for all university cancer-related activities and has evolved from the identification of cancers to their treatment and prevention. The facility sees more than 10,000 animals each year, and its research in the treatment and prevention of cancer is supported by agencies like the National Cancer Institute, because of its significance for human health.
Nestled in a beautiful, secluded mountain valley at an elevation of 9,000 feet (2750m) lays Colorado State University’s mountain campus and conference center, Pingree Park. As a site for conferences, workshops, meetings, and retreats, Pingree Park offers a unique opportunity to step back in time. Leaving the hectic pace of urban life behind, visitors are immersed in the natural world of the Rocky Mountains.
*There is a fee associated with this tour to cover transportation, lunch, and tour
- Academic and Training CenterThe academic and training addition is located on the south end of Moby Area with a direct connection to the Fum McGraw athletic office building. The training space contains a weight room with state-of-the-art weight room facilities, which are critical for the conditioning the athletes, as well as recruiting new student-athletes. The academic areas contain four private tutoring rooms as well as a general study hall with over 30 computer workstations. Offices to staff these areas are also included in the program. A multi-purpose room for meetings and recruiting functions is included.
- Indoor Practice FacilityThe Indoor Practice Facility is designed for use by multiple sports programs at the University. It includes a 70-yard synthetic turf field similar to the field installed at Hughes Stadium, bordered on one side with a 70-meter, 4-lane synthetic sprint track. It also includes netting for batting and golf cages. Adjacent to the field is a basketball court made of maple wood flooring similar to the floor in Moby Arena. It is also striped and set up for use by the women’s volleyball team. Other spaces include storage for equipment, restrooms, and mechanical/electrical space.
- Moby ArenaColorado State University boasts a rich and proud basketball tradition that dates back 100 years, and the school’s volleyball team currently is riding the longest streak of success ever achieved by a single CSU program. Part of that proud history includes one of the most distinctive and effective home court playing facilities in the nation. Moby Arena is a cozy and intimate playing facility nestled in the heart of the university’s central campus area.
1400 Remington Street
The outdoor display and test areas at the Annual Flower Trial Garden were established to allow students, researchers, industry representatives, homeowners and extension personnel to learn, teach and evaluate through horticultural research and demonstration projects conducted in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region. The entire garden is planted with annuals from late May through October. Pansies are planted in the fall and are on display through early spring. The perennial trials are displayed year round across the street in front of the University Center for the Arts.
Come learn about the research at CSU by exploring intricacies of the neuromuscular system, skeletal muscular lab, integrative biology lab, and Human Cardiovascular Physiology lab. You will get the chance to see these working labs and dialogue with one of our faculty experts about the neuromuscular system, how it changes as we age. Explore the human cardiovascular system and what factors influence changes in its operation.
- 21st Century University: Scott Building – Engineering II Tour the College of Engineering‘s newest 3-story, 105,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility.This building features classrooms that seat 15-50 students, a 320-seat lecture hall and teaching and learning laboratories. Design studios for engineering instruction have been added to enhance the student learning experience.Visit the “engineering student success center” that houses academic advisors, career development, the Women and Minorities in Engineering Program, the undergraduate research program, and the Professional Learning Institute.
- Behavioral Sciences BuildingThe 92,912-square-foot state-of-the-art, $45 million facility houses faculty offices and laboratories for the Department of Psychology and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and was entirely funded by student fees. Features include a 278-seat lecture hall with cinema-quality surround sound and projection equipment, classrooms equipped with high- definition and 3-D projection and atriums up to 73-feet high.
- Computer Sciences BuildingThe new Computer Science building allows the Department of Computer Science to continue to excel. The building is in a prominent location, at the crossroads of the CSU plaza across from the Lory Student Center and Morgan Library. It is an engine for Computer Science and Information Technology research, and most importantly, serves as the focal point for generations of students learning computer science principles and practice on our campus. There are three main labs on the ground floor. One lab is open 24 hours a day.
- Morgan Library RenovationMorgan Library has been providing research and study space for students since 1964. It currently holds 2 million books and journals in its collection. Extensive renovation of the library has revitalized the space to be more suitable for current students. The library’s new addition includes a 13,000 sq. ft. addition known as “The Cube.” The new addition provides students with a safe and secure 24-hour study and computing space.
- Lory Student Center TheatreThe Lory Student Center Theatre has completed extensive renovation to its existing theatre space to include retractable and moveable seating, a stage the can be raised and removed to create a ballroom, and new technology. The space now can accommodate 1,000 guests and can be used in a variety of new ways. The entire Lory Student Center was revitalized in 2014. The student is now complete and open to the public.
- Braiden & Parmalee Hall RenovationBoth Braiden and Parmalee Residential Halls were built in the 1960’s during the rapid expansion of campus. Both residence halls are undergoing renovations to update the dorm rooms, an exterior facelift, and a 4th floor loft addition. Additional community and study spaces will be added on existing first, second, and third floors. Green features will be added to the buildings to improve thermal performance and energy efficiency. Parmalee Hall’s renovation will be complete in fall 2012 and Braiden Hall’s renovation will be completed in fall 2013.
- Campus Solar Power PlantEnjoy a behind the scenes look at solar power by touring an 8,000 Trina Solar panel solar field located that the university’s Foothills Campus. The panels sit on about 15-acres just three miles west of the main campus. The plant reduces greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere by 5.5 million pounds – the equivalent of removing more than 480 cars off the road each year.
- Biomass BoilerThe biomass boiler burns approximately 600 tons of wood chips from the fire mitigation projects each year to heat water and displaces natural gas use. Biomass energy produces 96% fewer overall emissions than natural forest fires and 97% fewer than prescribed burning.
- ComposterThis large-scale in-vessel composter turns about 300,000 pounds of compostable material from the dining centers pulpers on the main CSU campus as well as some organic material from the main campus into soil amendments. The composted soil is targeted for use in campus landscaping projects.