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!

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.

150 years in the making

NOVEMBER 3

2015

MEASURE 2C IS APPROVED

Denver voters approved the revamp of the National Western Complex to create a new, year-round educational research, commerce, and entertainment campus.

December 13

2019

SPUR IS NAMED

CSU System unveils its new brand, CSU Spur, for the university system’s campus at the National Western Center.

MAY 5

2020

SPUR BREAKS GROUND

CSU System hosts the official groundbreaking for CSU Spur.

JANUARY 7

2022

VIDA, THE FIRST SPUR BUILDING OPENS

Vida, the first of the CSU Spur buildings, opened during the 2022 National Western Stock Show.

June 8

2022

Terra, THE second SPUR BUILDING OPENS

The Terra building, focused on food and agriculture, opens in June 2022.

January

2023

CSU Spur is fully open as Hydro opens

The Hydro building, focused on water, opens in January 2023.

CSU Spur partners

CSU SYSTEM INSTITUTIONS

The Colorado State University System has three campuses, each with very distinct roles and missions. Find out more about our institutions.

FOUNDING PARTNERS

As one of the five founding partners of the National Western Center, CSU Spur has been working alongside a number of like-minded partners since 2014 to bring CSU Spur and the National Western Center to life.

PROJECT PARTNERS

CSU Spur is working with many important partners, who help bring relevant, educational, and inspiring programming to the campus year-round.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

CSU Spur takes its role as a neighbor to the communities surrounding the campus seriously and works to engage with community partners who are doing important work in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods and beyond.

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