discover weld county
Weld County is known for a lot of things. We’re known for our agricultural production and our energy production. We have more cows than people and enough miles of county roads to take you from Denver to Atlanta…and back. But this website is an opportunity for us to showcase what you might not know about Weld County. It is an invitation to discover new adventures, new places, new stories, and new friends.
Five years ago, the Weld County Board of Commissioners participated in a series of discussions aimed at defining different goals for Weld County and the Northern Colorado region. One of those goals led to the creation of the Discover Weld platform, which is dedicated to sharing the many great events, people, and places throughout Weld County. In fact, what started as just a website has grown to multiple social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Each platform is aimed at engaging viewers and sharing stories about our great county.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Discover Weld platform, however, is the active participation of our 31 municipalities in helping to share information about local events and promoting the great news generated from our communities. The results have been amazing. In 2014, Discover Weld won an Award of Excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers, and in 2015, analytics showed that the Discover Weld website had been visited by people from all 50 states in the U.S. We are proud of our county, and we are excited to grow our audience and to continue to share our story.
So, thank you. Thank you for viewing this site, for browsing through the pages and hopefully dog-earing some of those things that intrigue you. From museums preserving the rich history of the West to award-winning craft breweries and distilleries, Weld County is a mix of old and new, traditional and contemporary, expected and unexpected. We invite you to come visit, stay, shop, and play and to discover Weld County in a whole new way.
- The Board of Weld County Commissioners
Explore Weld County
When most people think of Weld County, they think of agriculture and energy, rural towns, and dirt roads. And while we are proudly all of those things, we are also so much more. We are thriving communities, exciting activities and engaging personalities. We are home to museums, trails, galleries and breweries. We host festivals and farmers’ markets. We invite you to listen to live music with friends or enjoy a movie in the park with family. We are city and country, new and old, loud and quiet. We are Weld County, and we are just what you’re looking for. So, welcome! We’re glad you’re here, and we invite you to discover your new favorite place - Weld County.
Top 10 Destinations in Weld County
From wide open spaces, pumpkin patches and corn mazes to musuems and indoor recreation, Weld County has a lot to offer visitors. Weld County is home to festivals throughout the fall and winter. Peppered with a mix of wild animals, model railroads and history galore, visitors can truly experience what Weld County has to offer. Check off each on this Top 10 list for the full experience!
Wild Animal Sanctuary
The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Keenesburg, in southeast Weld County, has become one of the region’s most popular destinations. Located on 720 acres of rolling prairie, the sanctuary is home to dozens of rescued animals, ranging from African lions, tigers and bears to wolves, mountain lions, leopards, lynx, bobcats, camel, ostriches and emus — to name only a few. The sanctuary was built with a centralized compound in the middle, and a “Mile Into The Wild Walkway,” which stretches over 5,100 feet in length and gives visitors unprecedented views from above of more than 400 large carnivores roaming freely in natural habitats. The walkway connects to an Education Center and a Bolivian Lion House.
For more, go to: www.wildanimalsanctuary.org
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
This model train museum in downtown Greeley, 680 10th St., attracts visitors from all over America and the world. With over 600 railroad-related artifacts, the operating model railroad has been called “the finest model railroad I’ve ever seen” by the 30-year senior editors of Model Railroader magazine, Jim Hediger of Milwaukee, Wis. Included in the design are more than 16,000 tiny fir trees, 8,000 deciduous trees, 4,000 aspen trees, and more than 2,500 railroad cars. It took five and a half years and over 30,000 hours of volunteer labor to build.
For more info, go to: www.cmrm.org
Fort Vasquez and Fort Lancaster or Fort Lupton
These two historic trading posts are located within 10 miles of each other on the banks of the South Platte River. Fort Vasquez, just a mile south of Platteville on U.S. 85, was founded in 1835 and was abandoned in 1842. Restored in the 1930s, it includes display exhibits of the fur-trade era in Colorado. Fort Lancaster is just northwest of Fort Lupton, also constructed in 1835 and abandoned by 1844 as the fur trade dwindled. In 2003, the South Platte Valley Historical Society set out to reconstruct the fort, and with the help of over 300 volunteers, the fort was reopened with blacksmith and carpenter shops, a kitchen, living quarters, trade rooms and a storage room filled with artifacts. The site includes a visitor center, a campground area, a nature area and four other historic structures.
For more info, go to www.spvhs.org
Pawnee National Grassland and Pawnee Buttes
Located about 25 miles northeast of Greeley, the 193,060 acres on the Grassland are an internationally known birding area, supporting multiple species, especially during migration. Hiking, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, target shooting and stargazing are also popular activities. Pronghorn antelope, mule deer, coyote, swift fox, rattlesnakes and prairie dogs are just a few of the species that make the prairie their home. Probably the most-photographed area of the Grassland are the Pawnee Buttes, two prominent buttes that rise about 300 feet above the plains. Included in the Grassland is the Crow Valley Recreation Area, at the intersection of Colo. 14 and Weld County Road 77 near Briggsdale, which offers camping sites, picnic tables, water, fire grates and grills, horseshoe pits and a baseball diamond, and from the campground visitors can hike into the prairie for world-class birding. For more information, go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/arp
Located in northeast Greeley, 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. Step back in Weld County’s rich history and learn about the early pioneer settling of the Western high plains, a time when grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life.
For more info, go to www.greeleymuseums.com/locations/centennial-villag...
Colorado National Speedway
Whether you’re an avid race fan ready to experience some of the most fierce short-track competition found anywhere, or you’re just looking for an exciting and affordable entertainment venue for the entire family, make plans now to head to the lightning-fast 3/8 paved oval at the Colorado National Speedway in southwest Weld County. Race fans will enjoy around 30 action-filled NASCAR events packed into this season’s schedule. The speedway and management of Colorado National Speedway are committed to a fan-oriented experience. Kids can register for the chance to become a trophy presenter. Download the CNS app and use it to win prizes on race nights. Excellent food and drink items can be found at the numerous concession stands, and a variety of great merchandise is available at the Souvenir Shack. Autograph sessions, along with free access to the pit area after the races, are great ways to meet your favorite racing hero. Located just off of Interstate 25 at Exit 232, Colorado National Speedway is a short and easy drive from anywhere along the Front Range.
For more information, go to coloradospeedway.com/
The Poudre Trail is a 21-mile, paved and well-maintained trail that traverses central Weld County, from Island Grove Regional Park to Colo. 392 in Windsor, where it connects with another paved trail in Larimer County’s River Bluffs Open Space. The trail is open to the public for walking, cycling, running, roller-blading and more. Included along the trail are informational signs that highlight many of the historical sites and educational opportunities to visit along the trail.
For more information, go to www.poudretrail.org
UNION COLONY CIVIC CENTER, GREELEY
Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center is lit with activity in the Christmas season from Nov. 25 through Dec. 3. Almost as magical as Santa himself, every year the Union Colony Civic Center’s lobbies are transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday splendor created around beautifully decorated trees and displays each with their own theme and style. Also part of the celebration is Candy Cane Lane, which features evergreens adorned with ornaments made by little hands. The Festival of Trees is anticipated each year by many in northern Colorado and also features a silent auction, Silver Bells Socials, Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out and a Teddy Bear Bash.
FRITZLER CORN MAZE
The Fritzler Corn Maze is Colorado’s original and premier corn maze offering bushels of farmtastic fun for young and old. Located just seven miles south of Greeley on US 85, the maze is just a short drive from anywhere across the Colorado Front Range. It opens in late September and runs through Halloween.
The corn maze is divided into two phases, challenging and thrilling those seeking to find the one and only exit from the twists and turns of golden corn maze stalks. At night, Scream Acres brings the terror back into the corn fields, with ghouls and ghosts and frights and flights from several spooky activities inside the maze. The fun also includes the Zombie Paintball Slayer, where hunters load into a bus equipped with paintball guns and travel through the corn fields to the an area loaded with targets and props.
Go to www.fritzlermaze.com for a full schedule.
Experience the heart of Weld County at the historic Tigges Farm, 12404 Weld County Road 64 1/2, about three miles north of Greeley. Tigges Farm has been owned by the family since 1936. The farm branched into agritourism in 2015 and began offering not only a pumpkin patch but also events throughout the fall. Each activity they hold on weekends in October is completely free, an expense the Tigges family bears to bring young families a fun outing and agricultural experience. Kids can pick their own pumpkins, sing along with a real cowboy, do crafts, and take a wagon rides. Admission to this family-run farm is free, and parents can select from items in the gift shop, or the fields, where 98 percent of the farm’s produce is for sale, or stroll through the farm’s historic Farm Equipment Museum or Barn Quilt Gallery. Free weekend activities through October.
Go to www.tiggesfarm.com.