On one side of Greeley, you’ll see a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains; on the other, the eastern plains run for as far as the eye can see — meaning it’s truly in the middle of everything.
With rustic charm complemented by year-round events, this college town should be on your must-visit list. Just over an hour from Denver, there’s a strong sense of history and a blooming outdoor scene.
Soak Up Art, Culture & Entertainment
Blush Boutique has everything you need in women’s fashion, while Warm Hugs Mixes & Gifts is excellent for souvenir hunting. Soak up the sun on Luna’s Taco & Tequila’s rooftop patio — margarita in hand — or chow down on a slice of crusty bruschetta dotted with fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes at Right Coast Pizza.
Eight award-winning craft breweries and two distilleries round out the town’s resume. Pop into WeldWerks Brewing Company for an award-winning IPA or sip on Tower 56 Distilling’s bourbon. Want to indulge in an adult beverage while you stroll around? The go-cup district in 9th Street Plaza is the first in Colorado.
During the months when you just want to spend every daylight hour outside, attend the Farmers’ Market. It runs mid-summer to late-October on Saturday mornings in the historic Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Visiting in winter? The first and third Saturdays, November through April, are host to an indoor market at Zoe’s.
Being a Certified Creative District means Greeley is a center for aesthetic activity, and chock full of public art— more than 170 pieces are in the outdoor collection alone. Discover the "Go West" art fence, the "Art & Soul" sculpture or the "Flutterby” columns.
The Greeley Philharmonic, the oldest symphony in the Rocky Mountain region, will enchant your ears at one of the many concerts they put on each year. The Greeley Chamber Orchestra does events and education as well.
Don’t Miss Signature Events
Feel like a local at some of Greeley’s most popular events that run throughout the year, starting with Friday Fest. The strains of live music drift through the trees on the 9th Street Plaza, every Friday, June through September. The bonus? It’s in the go-cup district so you can drink as you wander.
Want more music? Sit back and relax to the sounds of blues at the Greeley Blues Jam in June annually. The first day is free, but the second day features performers on two stages at Island Grove Regional Park.
Then watch a cowboy (or girl) fend for their life on top of a bucking bronco at the annual Greeley Stampede, late-June–early-July annually. Then stay for a night of country music and classic rock concerts that will have you nodding your head in rhythm with the beat.
Spot Greeley the Gremlin, listen to live music, get your face painted, participate in a costume contest and more at Monster Day in late August each year. It’s just one of the ways Greeley keeps itself a little bit weird and a whole lot exciting.
Round out the year by celebrating the holiday season at Greeley Lights the Night Parade in late November every year. Kids will delight in glittering floats, marching bands, prancing horses and plenty of holiday carols. Make sure to see the lighting of Lincoln Park to end the evening.
Dive into Greeley’s Rich History
Make your first stop at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, where the largest model train in the U.S. is housed on 20 scale miles of tracks. The kids in the family — and the kids at heart — will be overjoyed at seeing stunning landscapes, realistic towns and miniature railcars.
The Centennial Village is 8 acres of northern Colorado settlement history running from 1860 to 1920. Check out a variety of architectural styles and lush gardens. The museum also does living-history demonstrations and special events — like Potato Day, where you can snack on potatoes while learning how to churn butter.
Finish off your museum day learning about the town’s past and notable residents like P.T. Barnum at the Greeley History Museum. There’s a permanent display entitled “Utopia: Adaptation of the Great American Desert” that looks at the earliest human inhabitants of the Union Colony; it’s a must-see if you’re a history lover.
Get Some Fresh Air in the Outdoors
Head outside and experience the Centennial State’s overwhelmingly beautiful nature on the Poudre Trail. It’s 22 awesome miles of biking, walking and rollerblading trails extending from Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley to Windsor. Eighty-five miles of in-town bike lanes (part of the Greeley bikeway system) are just waiting to be explored as well. You’ll love the feel of the wind in your hair while spotting wildlife and the snowy mountain peaks.