Situated on the high plains with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, Greeley sits at 4,675 feet altitude.
Named for Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune (“Go West, Young Man”), Greeley had been started as an experimental “Utopian society” in 1869.
In the 1920s, at the height of production, Greeley manufactured one-fourth of all the sugar sold and consumed in the United States.
Rattlesnake Kate Legend: Around 100 years ago near Greeley, Colorado, frontierswoman Kate Slaughterback fought tooth, nail and rifle to save her son, killing 140 rattlesnakes in one quick-thinking and courageous battle.
THEN AND NOW:
The Greeley Stampede is rich in tradition and heritage dating back to the late 1800s. This community celebration that was started to honor local potato farmers, has grown into an internationally acclaimed festival attracting more than 250,000 people annually from the United States and internationally.
Greeley is home of the University of Northern Colorado, where author James Michener was educated.
These days, Greeley has a small town feel while offering many attractions and entertainment you’d expect in a big city.
TO DO IN TOWN:
While you are in town, check out a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities:
The paved Poudre River Trail begins at Island Grove Regional Park, 600 N 14th Avenue, and heads west along the Cache la Poudre River for 22 miles.
The Kress Cinema in downtown Greeley or the Cinemark Theaters at the Greeley Mall offer first run films.
Downtown Greeley is truly a thriving, urban neighborhood. Enjoy a stroll through historic Lincoln Park, discover sculptures, murals and art galleries, and visit the many unique local businesses.
The Colorado Model Railroad Museum near downtown is the largest model railroad system in the United States. Experience the magic of this spectacular HO gauge model railroad with its stunning landscape and realistic trains on 20 scale miles of track
Meander through the UNC campus or drive through the newer west side. Where ever you go, you will find warm, friendly people who are happy you are visiting.
Local Hive/Rice’s Honey: L.R. Rice founded Local Hive Honey as Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey LLC in Greeley, Colorado, in 1924. This women-owned, family operated company, now in its 5th generation, remains a leading producer of authentic, high quality, raw, and unfiltered honey.
Greeley is home to 9 wonderful breweries and 2 distilleries. Each has its own unique environment and selection of craft beers.
AND JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY:
Rocky Mountain National Park: The distance from Greeley to Rocky Mountain National Park is 54 miles, about 1 1/2 hours west.
Horseback Riding: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, just west of Loveland.