Nestled in the foothills of Colorado's dynamic Rocky Mountains, just 45 minutes north of Denver, Loveland is the ideal base camp for all of your Northern Colorado adventures. Hailed as the Gateway to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland is an ideal community that appeals to all types of visitors. Whether you are looking for an authentic arts community, brewery and distillery tours, unique shopping districts or world-class recreation, Loveland, Colorado has everything you love for an adventure that is truly you. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, a picturesque backdrop, award-winning amenities and a friendly community in Loveland, Your Adventure Begins.
With the sun on our skin and the fresh Colorado air soaking into our lungs, Loveland offers diverse outdoor recreation you love. Backed by a picturesque view of the Rocky Mountains, adventure abounds no matter the season in Loveland. Recreation you Love is found throughout Loveland's parks, 18 miles of trails, natural areas and open spaces perfect for hiking or mountain biking. Loveland features three separate golf experiences perfect for masters or beginners. Don't forget about the area's copious lakes, rivers and streams perfect for boating, fishing and swimming. Whether you are a novice or a proficient explorer, Loveland offers an outdoor experience for everyone.
In addition to our access to outdoor adventure, Loveland is an art and culture destination. Loveland was voted one of the top five art towns in America. Whether you take a stroll through Benson Sculpture Garden, tour the newest art exhibit at the Loveland Museum/ Gallery, enjoy a free concert on the banks of the Foote Lagoon, or catch a sold-out show at the Rialto Theater Center, each experience is sure to be memorable and exciting. Loveland boasts over 380 individual works of art on public display within scenic sculpture parks, along roadways and adorning city buildings, parks and playgrounds. In addition to public artwork, visitors can view 29 individually designed City with HeART fiberglass pieces found throughout the city.
Thirsty for more? Loveland is an emerging craft brewery hot spot with eight new breweries since 2010, many that have been featured in national publications such as USA Today, Sunset Magazine, DRAFT Magazine and more. Find your liquid therapy and book a brewery bus tour through NoCo Short Bus Tours, helping visitors experience Loveland breweries with other craft beer enthusiasts and a designated driver. Loveland has Brews you Love!
If you're looking for a good time, try husking corn at the annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival or enjoy music at our The Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands and Brews festival. Every August, Loveland hosts one of the largest outdoor sculpture shows in America - Loveland Sculpture Invitational and Sculpture in the Park. Catch a national touring shows or experience the thrill of watching our National championship ECHL hockey team, The Colorado Eagles play.
Ready to shop till you drop? Where else in Northern Colorado can you get name brand outlets, specialty stores, unique boutiques and discount shopping in one easily accessible area? Stop by one of many stores to get the latest gear for your Loveland outdoor adventures. Art collectors and treasure seekers will also feel right at home with Loveland's selection of art galleries and antique stores. 150 stores await, ready to help you find that perfect gift or souvenir of your Loveland adventure.
As a year round playground and destination, there is always something going on in Loveland. Start planning your adventure today.
Start time: 11:35am - Estimated finish time: 2:45pm
A gentle roll-out through Loveland will let the women riders settle in before this day of racing turns extremely competitive. Once west of Loveland things tilt up and keep climbing for nearly 20 miles as everyone tests their legs on the climb of Buckhorn Canyon. But if the climbers want to win this day they will need to hold off a charging field as the stage furiously descends Rist Canyon and the 18 miles back into Fort Collins. Can the climbers hold off the sprinters or will Fort Collins be treated to a mass field sprint by some of the fastest women in the U.S.?
Start time: 11:45 am - Estimated finish: 3:45 pm
The start and finish location of Stage 6 may be familiar, but what lies between the two is new and challenging.
The early flats and sprints in Windsor and Loveland hide the wicked side of the route that waits in the second half. It may not have the grand names or the huge elevation numbers, but the lower and smaller climbs of this stage still have a serious sting. Climbing the north side of Carter Lake and then onto the new climb up Buckhorn Canyon and down Rist Canyon should get everyone's attention. It may also present one of the last chances for overall contenders to make a move. Wrapping up with the jagged rollers of Horsetooth Reservoir before bombing into Ft. Collins, this stage proves that a race doesn't need to reach 12,000' to be epic.