Western Academic Leadership Forum

WALF 2011 Annual Meeting

the Politics of Student Success: Meeting the Challenges – from Readiness to Completion

April 13-15, 2011 | Fort collins, co
Hosted by: colorado state University Colorado State University logo

Conference Hotel Information

Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Tel: 970.482.2626
Fax: 970.224.9209

The Hilton Fort Collins is located near the beautiful Colorado State University campus. Dining and shopping in Old Town Fort Collins is approximately 1 ½ miles from the hotel. Please make your room reservations by asking for the WICHE discounted rate of $99 (plus applicable taxes). The cut-off date for the discounted rate is March 28 unless the block fills earlier. Room costs are the responsibility of the meeting attendees.

Hotel Reservations. To reserve your room at the Hilton Fort Collins go to: www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/FNLCOHF-MWI-20110412/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or (970) 494-2947. Be sure to ask for the WICHE discounted rate of $99.00 prior to March 13 unless the block fills earlier. Group code/password is MWI.


Airport Information

The Denver International Airport (DIA) is served by most major airlines. It is approximately 70 miles from the Hilton Fort Collins.


Driving Directions

  • From Pena Blvd. WEST, take the E-470 TOLLWAY N exit, EXIT 6B, toward FORT COLLINS.
  • Merge onto E 470 N.
  • Merge onto I-25 N/ US-87 N via EXIT 47 toward FT COLLINS (40.9 miles).
  • Take the PROSPECT ROAD exit, EXIT 268 (0.2 miles).
  • Turn LEFT onto CR-44 W/ E PROSPECT RD. Continue to follow E PROSPECT RD (4.3 miles).
  • End at Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W Prospect Road.


shuttle service

There is shuttle service provided by Super Shuttle to and from DIA to the Hilton Fort Collins. You can book in advance at www.supershuttle.com . The Hilton Fort Collins concierge can also assist you with booking a shuttle to DIA. Use the hotel courtesy phone in the baggage claim area to call for a shuttle pick-up.


What to Wear

Dress for the meeting is business casual. The average temperature in the Fort Collins area in April is 48 degrees. Be aware that snowfall can occur in the month of April.


local Attractions

Be sure to take time to explore Fort Collins with its wonderful bike paths, historic home district, Horsetooth Reservoir, many hiking trails, and great dining. The Fort Collins area offers some wonderful opportunities for river rafting too. For more information, visit www.visitftcollins.com/.


things to do on your own

After the program concludes on Friday, we hope you will stay and explore the spectacular Front Range and Rocky Mountain High Country. Keep in mind that the temperatures will be lower at higher elevations and that snow can fall with little notice.

Denver (www.denver.org) is located 60 miles south of Fort Collins and offers many art, sport, dining and shopping activities.

Estes Park (estes-park.com/), the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a favorite mountain tourist destination. It’s located about one hour west of Fort Collins, with a spectacular scenic drive up the Big Thompson Canyon. This charming mountain town offers a delightful shopping and dining experience.

Steamboat Springs (www.steamboat-chamber.com/index.asp?) is 92 miles northwest of Fort Collins. If you enjoy a beautiful mountain drive, take the drive from Fort Collins to Steamboat through the Poudre Canyon and on to Rabbit Ears Pass. Steamboat offers horseback riding, ATV tours, hot springs, and more.

The I-70 Corridor is about an hour south of Fort Collins and gives you easy access to well-known Colorado mountain communities. For additional information, visit these Websites.

  • Georgetown (www.town.georgetown.co.us): Founded as a gold and silver mining camp in 1859, Georgetown is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains where it is still easy to find the flavor of the old west
  • Breckenridge (www.breckenridge.com): Offers the largest historical district in Colorado located in an absolutely breathtaking setting.
  • Vail Valley (vail.net/) A stunningly beautiful place with epic recreation, world-class events, and sophisticated amenities for year-round enjoyment.
  • Glenwood Springs (www.glenwoodchamber.com): Celebrating its 125th birthday, Glenwood Springs has the world’s largest hot springs pool; its colorful history includes visits from presidents and gangsters alike.
  • Aspen (www.go-colorado.com/Aspen/): Has a wonderful mix of outdoor activities and events, gourmet dining, and art galleries in an awe-inspiring setting.