Johnstown is one of the quieter plains towns in northern Colorado. It makes a perfect jumping-off point for many Colorado adventures, located less than an hour from Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park.
The town has been quickly growing, but still maintains a small-town feel within the community. In 2020, there were 17,303 people residing in Johnstown, which is part of both Larimer and Weld counties. It sits at an elevation of 4,852′ and is within the heart of the front range plains.
The area was first platted in 1902 by Harvey J. Parish and named for his son, John. In 1907 it was incorporated and began serving as a supply center for many surrounding agricultural communities. Farming is still an important part of the town’s identity today, and many of the original architecture can still be found on Parish Avenue.
Parish Park – Neighborhood park that is free for public use year-round. Stroll the paved, tree-lined path through the park, or enjoy its expansive lawns.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse – A top-tier dinner theater with great dining options and friendly service. Many people have noted that the rotating schedule of performances are very high quality and expertly put together.
Hankins Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Spend your fall days wandering around a huge corn maze, picking out the perfect pumpkin, or trying your hand at the corn cannon. This local farm is sure to be a fun time for everyone!
- The RV Retreat at Johnson’s Corner is located right in town and has 145 full hookup sites, as well as 6 cabins with kitchenettes for rent.
- If you’re looking to tent camp, head over to Boyd Lake State Park or the Flatirons campground.
Fishing – Johnstown Reservoir is stocked with bluegill, trout, walleye, and catfish and offers great shore fishing. The Jayhawker ponds are located a few minutes away in Loveland and have plenty of catch and release fishing.
Hiking – Thompson River Ranch park offers a walking trail system along the Thompson River for all to enjoy. Eddie Aragon and Sunset Parks are also located on the outskirts of town and have many trails to explore.
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Wing Shack Johnstown – With over 16 flavors of wings and homemade dipping sauces, this wing spot is a great option for game days.
Johnstown Lunch Box – Locally owned deli serving up freshly made sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Los Rudos Tacos and Hotdogs – Highly rated authentic Mexican eatery offering street tacos, tortas, and specialty hot dogs.
May – Cinco de Mayo Festival – Support local Hispanic restaurants, listen to a Mariachi band, and watch the Colorado Mestizo Dancers perform their heritage dance.
Jun-Oct – Johnstown Milliken Farmer’s Market – Come out and support the local farmers as they sell a variety of fresh produce and goods every Friday evening.
Jun – Johnstown BBQ Day – Join your neighbors for a warm summer day of fun. There will be a parade, live music, food vendors, and even a talent show.
Sep – Fall Festival – Celebrate the start of fall with a beer garden and vendors in downtown Johnstown.
Oct – Trick or Treat Street – Make your way through over 100 businesses downtown on the day before Halloween to pick up sweet treats and show off your costumes.
Dec – Johnstown Jingle – Get in the holiday spirit by riding in a horse drawn carriage, meeting a live reindeer, and even meeting Santa Claus during this one day event.
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