St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and with it, come some of the region’s largest and greenest events. From parades through Greeley and parties in Fort Collins to quiet craft events and even Lucky Charms-inspired beer, this will be a NoCo...
When Horace Greeley, the great New York newspaperman said, "Go West, young man", a young idealist named Nathan Meeker listened. Meeker did come west, along with 59 other intrepid settlers, and put down roots here on the western edge of Colorado’s high plains. Originally known as the Union Colony, Meeker called his new settlement "Greeley," in honor of the inspiration and support received from his boss and journalistic colleague.
Meeker designed Greeley to be an agricultural utopia based on the following principles: Cooperation, Irrigation, Agriculture, Temperance, Faith, Family and Education. Times have certainly changed, but Greeley is still a community where residents work hard, watch out for each other, and generously dedicate their time and resources to improving the community.
Greeley is the largest city and the county seat in Weld County. It is a place where the generosity and warmth of its residents fit nicely with our big city amenities and down home comforts. Greeley continues to grow its downtown, commercial, and industrial districts boasting numerous new restaurants, businesses and corporate company headquarters.
Its thriving economy, comfortable climate (over 300 days of sunshine per year!), panoramic views of the Front Range Rocky Mountains and close proximity to outdoor recreation help Greeley live up to its national designation as an "An All America City."
Population: (as of 2015) 101,000 Elevation: 4,658 ft. Climate: 300 days of sunshine per year and 14 inches of precipitation. Geography: 60 miles north of Denver, 50 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Churches: Numerous congregations serving every denomination. Median family income: $58,611 National Ranking:National Ranking: Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities 2014 – Greeley MSA ranked 14th in the nation (large city category).
The University of Northern Colorado is known for its strong Business, Education, Nursing and Performing and Visual Arts programs. Over 12,500 students are enrolled here. The main campus of Aims Community College (www.aims.edu) is also located in Greeley offering programs and degrees in health and fire science, aviation and energy, just to name a few.
School District 6 offers residents of Greeley and Evans multiple educational options for their children in award winning programs for academic success and career track preparation. The teacher to student ratio is 24:1 and average ACT scores are 21.1. Private, charter and magnet schools are all part of the outstanding K-12 educational mix.
Collaboration between The City of Greeley and local schools has created the GTown Promise to help students get the additional help and financial assistance they need to attend college and to become successful adults. The program includes career planning support, local internships and mentoring, leadership development, opportunities to participate in after-school and extra-curricular activities, as well as funding for post-secondary education.
If you are an exercise fanatic you’ll find that there is a lot to do in Greeley. Golf (with 2 tournament level public courses and the Greeley Country Club) and tennis (with numerous courts) are popular pastimes as well as over 40 traditional and open space parks, dog parks and 3 disc golf courses. These amenities offer miles of walking, jogging, in-line skating, and other leisure activities including the 21 mile Poudre River Trail and the Sheep Draw Trail, as well as over 90 miles of bike lanes and off street paths. The Family FunPlex, Downtown Recreation Center, the Ice Haus and the Rodarte Center offer community recreational opportunities including climbing walls, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, year-round indoor ice skating and hockey, swimming, an indoor water park, indoor running track and exercise rooms with classes and leagues for all ages.
Every year, for about 10 days in June and July, Greeley goes cowboy when it welcomes world class rodeo to town for the Greeley Stampede. Entertainment is a big part of the Stampede featuring top national performers every year. The annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, the Greeley Blues Jam, the Arts Picnic, the Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Centennial Village living history museum are some of the city’s other major attractions.
Beyond Greeley’s borders there’s a wide world of outdoor activity. Just to the east of town lies the beautiful and unique Pawnee National Grassland and to the west are Roosevelt and other national forests, wilderness areas, and Rocky Mountain National Park, the ultimate playgrounds for the outdoorsman and outdoorswoman.
If you're more interested in sports as a spectator than as a participant, UNC is a Division I mid-major college powerhouse. And Denver, with its plethora of professional sports teams (including the Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Rockies) is only an hour away. Closer yet are the Colorado Eagles, a minor league hockey team. At Greeley’s year-round indoor ice arena, the Greeley Ice Haus, you can watch college level play or participate in youth and adult leagues yourself.
Culturally, Greeley is light years ahead of similarly sized cities for two reasons. First, the University of Northern Colorado has a superior, nationally recognized Performance Arts department. The second is Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center state of the art 1665 seat theater, which hosts a variety of stage productions, music, ballet, and national acts. It is also home to the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Greeley Chorale. The Greeley Philharmonic is one of the oldest orchestras in the west having celebrated its 104th anniversary in 2015.
North Colorado Medical Center sits conveniently in the center of town and provides excellent, full-service healthcare for Greeley residents. As a Level II Trauma Center complete with MedEvac (a regional air-medical transport service) NCMC is at the forefront of Northern Colorado’s regional healthcare. Additional clinics (emergency and other) are plentiful offering convenience and a wide selection of physicians including specialists in a number of health care fields. This Regional hospital was ranked in 2015 as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals (Healthgrades).
Major employers in Greeley include JBS USA, Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center, Noble Energy, DCP Midstream, Hensel Phelps, Leprino Foods, the University of Northern Colorado, State Farm Insurance, Xerox Business Services, and TeleTech.
If creating and managing your own business is your dream, then you’ll find UNC’s Small Business Development Center and recently created BizHub Incubator to be the perfect place to start on your path to entrepreneurial success.
Centennial Village Museum is an 8-acre living history experience featuring over 35 architecturally unique structures, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, beautifully landscaped grounds and interactive experiences.
The Greeley Family FunPlex is the ultimate community recreation center. The whole family can enjoy the indoor water park, fitness area, miniature golf course, sports fieldhouse, Twin Rivers Park, ball fields, playgrounds, an outdoor amphitheater, trails and more!
The Greeley Ice Haus, Northern Colorado’s premiere ice rink, offers public skate sessions, hockey/figure skating lessons, special events & more. Home to UNC Hockey, Greeley Youth Hockey Association and Mountain View Skating Club, its coolest place in town!
Kress Cinema is Greeley’s only independent movie theater, complete with a full-service bar and restaurant serving specialty cocktails, craft beer, wine, and gourmet small plates. Step inside the historic Kress Building for a unique moviegoing experience!
The Rodarte Community Center engages youth in recreational activities and educational opportunities to encourage healthy development. Home of the Youth Enrichment program, their afterschool and summer programs, sports and classes offer so much for area youth!
The Union Colony Civic Center is northern Colorado’s premier performing arts venue. With over 100 events held annually, the UCCC offers a variety of Broadway musicals, concerts and comedy shows among others.
Experience fine dining at the Greeley Chophouse situated in historic downtown Greeley. Specializing in steak and seafood, the Chophouse offers an exceptional menu and a wonderful selection of wines in their romantic, vibrant, 1930s style atmosphere.
With various Colorado locations, Rio Grande is your destination for amazing Mexican food and legendary margaritas. They use fresh, local, and wholesome ingredients to create their flavor-filled menu that you can enjoy in a relaxing and lively atmosphere.
With three locations in Fort Collins, Greeley and Windsor, Stuft Burger Bar is a NoCo favorite — for their build-your-own burgers, delicious shakes, and their fun and relaxed environment. This is the perfect place to take the kids for lunch or dinner!
Slow down and relax with a hot cup of tea at locally owned Cranford Cove Tea Tavern, an inviting space for tea, community, and music. Take home a bag of high-quality bulk tea or order one of their meticulously brewed cups to enjoy in-house!
Sip on an award-winning brew at this craft brewery committed to the craft and to the community of Greeley. Weldwerks has been a trusted source for beers — at both their brewery and at various businesses around Northern Colorado that carry their creations!
Wiley Roots Brewing Co. believes that beer should be unique, crafted from the highest quality ingredients, and brewed with a sense of responsibility. Their award-winning, uniquely crafted ales are brewed inside their small brewery in downtown Greeley.
Relax in the inviting atmosphere while fulfilling your skin and hair care needs at Barcelona Salon Spa, a clinical salon and spa. They combine the latest scientific advances and state-of-the-art technology to rejuvenate and beautify your skin and hair.
Feel like royalty at Brick House Salon, a salon dedicated to putting clients first, helping them feel pampered and attended to during the entire visit. They provide hair cutting and coloring services, as well as waxing, facials, skin care, and more!
James Salon proudly serves Northern Colorado and is an AVEDA concept Salon. Schedule time with one of their expert stylists who provide exceptional and quality service when it comes to cuts, color, waxing, make-up and more!
CrossFit Helix provides an encouraging fitness community for those eager to experience the life-changing effects of a CrossFit lifestyle. Through varied, functional movements at a high intensity, this group aims to help you look great and feel great.
Members enjoy 24-hour access to Greeley Health & Fitness' 8,000-square-foot space filled with exercise machines, free weights, and cardio equipment. Take advantage of their many classes, including Zumba, Bootcamp, yoga, PiYo, Insanity, Side EFX, and more!
Relax, focus and maintain inner core muscles at Sacred Space Yoga, a local, pet-friendly studio providing a variety of yoga classes taught by expert instructors. Whatever your yoga experience level, you are welcomed and invited to attend their classes!
Located just a few blocks from the University of Northern Colorado, Glenmere Park features gorgeous scenery, picnic locations and barbeque grills. With a picturesque lake, walking paths and a playground it is the perfect setting for any outing or get-together.
Josephine Jones Park is a beautiful 37 acre park right off of Highway 34. Josephine Jones has something for everyone including boating, fishing, birdwatching, public art, and a playground for kids to enjoy.
Right along the Poudre River Trail is the 87 acre Poudre Pond Natural Area. With such beautiful scenery this is the ideal location for picnics, fishing, or even stopping for a quick birdwatching break while bike riding on the Poudre trail!
Rover Run Dog Park is a lush three acre area that your canine friend is sure to enjoy! Not only does it serve as a trail head for the Poudre trail, but it is also the perfect spot for picnics, birdwatching and all types of family fun.
Waggin’ Tail Dog Park is located next to the Discovery Bay pool and has separate areas so that dogs of all sizes can have a fun and safe day at the park. With four acres of land to explore it is the perfect place for Fido to run free!
Voted the best bakery in Greeley, Batter Up Cakes specializes in designing custom dessert creations for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions. You may also pick up a single cupcake or pastry to indulge in at their adorable bakery!
This nation-wide ice cream shop has been serving up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies, and shakes for over 25 years! Enjoy a flavor-packed custom ice cream creation prepared on a frozen granite stone at their convenient Greeley location.
In addition to their food menu, Jenny's Malt Shop & Diner offers more than 100 flavors of shaved ice, malts and shakes, 12 hard ice cream flavors, and other goodies like cinnamon rolls, homemade toffee, brownies and much more!