Loveland

The city of Loveland is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, at the entrance to the Big Thompson Canyon and is known as the "gateway to the Rockies." Sitting 46 miles north of Denver on the I-25 Corridor, its population of 76,897 (2016) makes it the second most populous city in Larimer County and the 14th most populous in Colorado. Loveland is a Home Rule Municipality offering the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.

Dotted in and around the city and surrounding areas are an abundance of scenic lakes, parks, trails and recreational areas. Loveland's lakes, rivers and streams provide for swimming, water skiing, rafting, boating, fishing and other water sports. Loveland's mountains provide ample opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Although Loveland may be best known nationally for its outdoor amenities Loveland is quickly becoming recognized nationally and internationally for its art! In 2005, John Villani, published his fourth edition of "The 100 Best Art Towns in America" and named Loveland as the number two town, only behind Santa Fe, NM. With over 200 unique sculpture pieces, three major art shows a year, two of North America's largest foundries and two sculpture parks it is easy to understand why Loveland has become an established arts community.

Loveland was founded in 1877 along the newly constructed line of the Colorado Central Railroad, near its crossing of the Big Thompson River. It was named in honor of William A.H. Loveland, the president of the Colorado Central Railroad. Our founder, David Barnes, started our beautiful city where downtown stands today and offers a uniquely Loveland shopping and entertainment experience. With several art galleries/studios, a museum, the historic Rialto Theater, unique restaurants, book stores, gift shops, antique stores, sculptures and much more.

With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Loveland experiences pleasant weather year-round. There is always something happening in this community; from musical concerts, art shows, and theater productions to professional hockey games, community celebrations and a multitude of conventions. Loveland offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities enjoyable for every season.

 

 

Information and text courtesy Loveland Chamber of Commerce and Visit Loveland

 

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