A place for research and education — free and open to the public!

There’s nowhere in the world like CSU Spur. CSU Spur is home to real science and research, and opens its doors to welcome visitors to see it all happen! From field trip opportunities to summer camps, to services open to the community, CSU Spur is a place for all. 

A day at CSU Spur has something for all ages — it’s a laboratory, veterinary clinic, market, museum, art studio, classroom, garden, innovation center…all in one!

VIDA

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Vida focuses on animal and human health, with equine-assisted services, a donor-subsidized veterinary clinic for companion animals, horses walking on underwater treadmills, and more! Explore Vida.

TERRA

Line drawing of Terra

Terra focuses on food and agriculture, with rooftop greenhouses, a food lab, a teaching and commissary kitchen, vertical gardens, and more! Explore Terra

HYDRO

Line drawing of Hydro

Hydro (opening in January 2023) focuses on water, with Denver Water’s water quality laboratory, a connection to the South Platte River, event space, artist studios, a farm-to-table cafe and more! Explore Hydro.

If you like…

ART

ANIMALS

LEARNING

THE OUTDOORS

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See CSU Spur for yourself

Four female veterinarians hold puppies

Spur is a platform

CSU Spur will host programming from many partners — so every time you come to Spur, expect something new!

Rendering of the National Western Center main plaza

National Western Center or CSU Spur?

CSU Spur is a campus within the reimagined National Western Center.

The National Western Center (NWC) is a 250-acre redevelopment project; it hosts the National Western Stock Show each year and is a year-round destination for concerts, conferences, farmers markets, and more.

A strong partnership yesterday, and tomorrow

CSU’s history with the National Western Stock Show goes back to the first show in 1906. Back then, CSU Fort Collins closed campus for students to attend the show, and the college won so many awards that it was banned from competing — a ruling that luckily wasn’t enforced.

The CSU System and the Stock Show have a long-standing partnership, and the National Western Center partnership ensures a strong future ahead.

Kids petting a ram at the National Western Stock Show

A strong partnership yesterday, and tomorrow

CSU’s history with the National Western Stock Show goes back to the first show in 1906. Back then, CSU Fort Collins closed campus for students to attend the show, and the college won so many awards that it was banned from competing — a ruling that luckily wasn’t enforced.

The CSU System and the Stock Show have a long-standing partnership, and the National Western Center partnership ensures a strong future ahead.