Loveland is a fairly large town with several blocks of shops and restaurants. It’s located fifty miles north of Denver, just before Fort Collins on I-25. Each February, the city of Loveland re-mails hundreds of thousands of valentines all over the U.S.
The “Sweetheart City” is the largest municipality in Larimer County. It’s currently known for its high-tech industries, vibrant city, and thriving local community. But before Loveland transformed into the modern tech center that it is now, it used to be an agricultural haven.
Mariano Medina was the first settler in Loveland, which was then called Namaqua. By 1867, flour mills become the core of the town, and since it’s connected to the Colorado Central Railroad, Loveland’s population started to rise.
Loveland used to be “the most complete reservoir system in Colorado.” During the early years of the town, agriculture was the primary source of income for the locals. There were cherries, crips, and sugar beets.
By the 1920s, the Spring Glade Orchard has become the largest cherry orchard along the Mississippi River. The town was producing more than $1 million worth of cherries per year. However, the industry slowly declined during the 1960s.
In the modern 20th century, Loveland’s economy has become diversified. Tech companies like HP, Hach, and Teledyne have made headquarters in the region. Medical centers also continued to rise in Loveland, so there has been another shift concerning the employment sector.
As Loveland grew as a municipality, they also established a lot of popular education systems including the William Loveland College, Colorado Christian University, and Aims Community College.
Loveland is closest to the Fort Collins/Loveland Airport, however, there are no commercial flights, only general and business services. The closest commercial airport is that of Denver International Airport.
Boyd Lake State Park – This beautiful park is centered around a large lake at the foothills of Longs Peak. It’s popular for hiking, biking, and birding. There are nearly 150 campsites with quick access to all the park’s resources.
Carter Lake Reservoir – This year-round public park is popular for its beautiful 1,100-acre reservoir, open to motorboats and a range of water sports: fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and water skiing. There’s also plenty of camping opportunities.
- Boyd Lake has over 148 campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet.
- Carter Lake Reservoir has 118 campsites open year-round.
- Read about the camping near Loveland and Fort Collins.
- Boyd Lake offers fishing access year-round.
- Carter Lake Reservoir provides fishing as well.
Hotels and lodging:
- Read about the best hotels in Loveland.
Feb – Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Two days of Valentine’s celebrations held in mid-February. It’s centered around the Loveland Sweetheart Classic 4-mile race. A variety of events include a laser show, live entertainment, an art gallery, a tunnel of love, and a beer tent, among others.
Jun – Colorado Medieval Festival – Three days in early June showcasing swordsmanship, crafts, music, food, and drinks.
Sep – Loveland Stone Age Fair – Free two-day event showcasing prehistoric artifacts including Native American relics from around the country, held in late September.
Activities near Loveland
- Benson Sculpture Garden
- Carter Lake Reservoir (16mi)
- Devil’s Backbone Open Space
- Horsetooth Reservoir (13mi)
- Pinewood Reservoir (Ramsay-Shockey Open Space) (13mi)
- Ramsay-Shockey Open Space (13mi)
- Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park (13mi)
- Ault (31mi)
- Bellvue (20mi)
- Berthoud (20mi)
- Boulder (32mi)
- Denver (52mi)
- Estes Park (30mi)
- Fort Collins (13mi)
- Greeley (22mi)
- Johnstown (12mi)
- Longmont (17mi)
- Lyons (24mi)
- Severance (20mi)
- Wellington (11mi)
- Windsor (14mi)
Visit the town’s official page.