The Ellerslie Campus is a peaceful, set apart setting with a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. The buildings are situated next to a sparkling lake, offering daily glimpses of the magnificent Colorado sunsets. Many of our dorm rooms have views of the mountains, and there is a quiet stillness over the entire campus—refreshingly separated from the hustle and bustle of city life, but with nearly every “big city convenience” a short two-to-ten minute drive away.
Windsor, Colorado, is a charming city of 15,000 people, nestled within the “Front Range Corridor,” which runs along I-25 at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains. One of the crowning features of this quiet bedroom community is the bicycle trail that winds through town, around Windsor Lake, along the Poudre River, and then on to Greeley and Fort Collins.
Loveland and Fort Collins are each 10 minutes away and are larger cities with modern shopping, hospitals, and city-life. Denver is a 45-minute drive away, and our closest airport is Denver International—about one hour away from the Ellerslie campus.
Windsor is a one-hour drive from many of Colorado’s most popular locations, such as Rocky Mountain National Park. This world-renowned natural wonderland is frequented by tourists from around the world and its terrain varies from majestic mountain peaks (over 60 of which are at least 12,000 feet), forests, and mountain tundra. The park, which is spread across 265,000 acres, offers 359 miles of trails, 150 lakes, and 450 miles of streams. Highway 34 runs from I-25 (two exits south of the Windsor exit) through Estes Park and on through the park. It’s a great place to visit during your stay at Ellerslie, as are the many other mountain towns within driving distance, such as Keystone, Winter Park, and Copper Mountain. If you attend Ellerslie during the winter, some of the best skiing in the world is a two-hour drive away.
Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, with a pleasant climate during all seasons. Summers are warm and dry—the average temperature is in the eighties and only occasionally rises above ninety. Spring and fall in Colorado usually boast near-perfect weather and plenty of sunshine, though early spring can bring a fair amount of wind. Winters are mild to moderate, with temperatures ranging from the low thirties to mid fifty’s. It’s unusual for winter temperatures to drop into the single-digits, but it’s always possible! Some winters bring a significant amount of snow, but with the constant sunshine it usually melts within two to four days, and we have many winter days that are pleasantly sunny and crisp, rather than bitterly cold. All around, Colorado weather is among the best four-season climates anywhere. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!