Nestled along the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado, Loveland’s small town charm and breathtaking views make this city an ideal place to live. Loveland is known as the “Sweetheart City” for its Valentine’s Day re-mailing program, where volunteers stamp and re-mail Valentines greetings for sweethearts worldwide. Loveland is a great place to raise a family, with local shopping, art programs, outdoor activities and many parks and open spaces. Loveland is located 46 miles north of Denver, has convenient access to Interstate 25 and provides a gateway into the Rocky Mountains via the Big Thompson Valley.

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Loveland’s rich history begins with the first settler, Mariano Medina, in 1858. Medina picked a location on the Big Thompson River near Namaqua just West of where the city sits today. In 1877, the Colorado Central Railroad established a line from Denver to Cheyenne. A local farmer, David Barnes, learned of the railroad plans, purchased land along the line and began to plan the beginnings of a town that would eventually become the city of Loveland. Barnes named the town after his good friend and President of the Colorado Central Railroad, William A.H. Loveland.

Loveland’s roots are in agriculture, mainly sugar beets and sour cherries, with the railroad acting as the farmer’s lifeline. In addition, the railroad provided cattle ranchers and lumber companies the opportunity to do business from the Loveland locale. The Great Western Sugar Company opened its doors in 1901 and employed many in and around Loveland until its closure in 1985. The Spring Glade and other cherry orchards produced millions of dollars in cherries until miserable weather conditions began to wither the industry.

Towards the end of the 20th Century, Hewett-Packard, Teledyne, Hach and other manufacturing facilities moved in and became the primary employers of the region. The arrival of Centerra has created many new jobs. The city of Loveland has been growing steadily since its inception and continues to grow each year.

 

Benson Sculpture Garden

Featuring 132 works of original sculpture in a single location, Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland is a Loveland favorite. The Benson Sculpture Garden hosts the annual Sculpture in the Park Show in its beautiful garden setting.
 

 

Loveland Parks

Loveland is home to 27 public parks as well as three public golf courses. Parks feature tennis, horseshoe and racquetball courts, athletic fields, picnic and bbq areas and playgrounds with incredible views of the Rocky Mountains.


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Boyd Lake State Park

Visitors to Loveland’s Boyd Lake State Park will enjoy recreational fun from swimming, boating and water skiing to camping, hunting and fishing. The lake include a six-lane boat ramp as well as a smaller ramp to launch small craft like jet skis. Pets are allowed.


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Carter Lake

Located in the serene foothills of southwest Loveland, Carter Lake provides a variety of outdoor experiences. Windsurfing, swimming, boating, sailing and water skiing are available as well as miles of hiking and horseback riding trails around the reservoir.


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Devil’s Backbone

A geological landmark made of stunning rock formations, the Devil’s Backbone in West Loveland is a popular location for hiking and running. The Devil’s Backbone is protected as open space and wildlife preserve.


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Flatiron and Pinewood Reservoirs

Loveland’s Flatiron and Pinewood Reservoirs are stocked with a variety of fish and are open to the public. Boating is not allowed on the Flatiron Reservoir but wakeless boating is allowed on Pinewood Reservoir.
 

Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra

The Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra boasts more than 80 sculptures rendered from Zimbabwean rock. The sculptures can be viewed along a wandering trail in a serene park setting in Loveland.


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Art Show Weekend

Every year, on the second weekend in August, Loveland hosts an Art Show Weekend that is comprised of three separate events. The first, Sculpture in the Park, set in Loveland’s Benson Sculpture Garden, presents works from over 200 international sculptors. The second event, Loveland Sculpture Invitational, is one of the largest sculpture shows and sales in the nation. Works from more than 250 sculptors can be viewed and purchased. The event is held at Loveland High school. Held at North Lake Park, the third event, Art in the Park, is an arts and crafts festival featuring local and national artists and artisans.
 

Big Thompson Canyon

Known as the Gateway to the Rockies, Loveland’s Big Thompson Canyon’s winding, sheer gorge is a sight to see. Carved out by the Big Thompson River, the Canyon is a scenic drive with incredible views as it winds towards Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Wildlife are abundant – deer, elk and even big horn sheep can be spotted in this picturesque canyon.
 

Historic Downtown

Loveland’s Historic Downtown is home to hundreds of local businesses. Unique retail shops, a diversity of restaurants and even art galleries and a museum come together on Loveland’s historic downtown. The business community hosts community events including art gatherings, an ice cream social and night on the town.


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Larimer County Fair and Rodeo

The Larimer County Fair and Rodeo is hosted at the Ranch in Loveland every July. This five-day event is the largest fair in Northern Colorado and features a rodeo that attracts many great cowboys. The fair’s large carnival boasts rides and games for all ages. 4H and other agriculturally-oriented exhibits are on site with a variety of farm animals on display.
 

Budweiser Events Center

Loveland’s Budweiser Events Center, located at the Ranch, is home to the Central Hockey League Colorado Eagles and the United Indoor Football League’s Colorado ICE. The venue also hosts many sports events, musical tours and trade shows.  


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Nestled along the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado, Loveland’s small town charm and breathtaking views make this city an ideal place to live. Loveland is known as the “Sweetheart City” for its Valentine’s Day re-mailing program, where volunteers stamp and re-mail Valentines greetings for sweethearts worldwide. Loveland is a great place to raise a family, with local shopping, art programs, outdoor activities and many parks and open spaces. Loveland is located 46 miles north of Denver, has convenient access to Interstate 25 and provides a gateway into the Rocky Mountains via the Big Thompson Valley.

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