Scenic Destinations

Big Thompson Canyon

As Highway 34 makes its way from I-25 westward through Loveland, a treat greets travelers as they enter the Big Thompson Canyon. The "Narrows" at the mouth of the canyon, feature a winding, steep, gorge created by the river's erosion. The rock formations, that over time have been tip-tilted nearly 90 degrees by the movement of the earth, add to the scenic drive between Loveland and Estes Park. The Big Thompson River weaves its way through this breathtaking canyon. The area is also home to Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

For years Loveland has been known as the "Gateway to the Rockies." Rocky Mountain National Park, the number one vacation destination in the state of Colorado with about 4 million visitors a year, is 30 miles west of Loveland. This beautiful national park encompasses more than 265,000 acres of land including 178 mountain peaks above 10,000 feet in elevation, 355 miles of trails, nearly 600 campsites and more than 140 lakes.

Trail Ridge Road

Open from Memorial Day until October, snow banks sometimes towering as high as 28 feet, border both sides of Trail Ridge Road in early spring, depending on the winter's snowfalls -- a favorite photo shoot opportunity. In summer, distant peaks loom in all directions, while fragrant wildflowers blanket the tundra. Meandering to an elevation of 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road seems to leave the earth behind. It slices through the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, entering a world of rare alpine beauty. The highest paved through road in the U.S., it is a must for visitors and locals alike. The road makes a 50-mile trek from Estes Park to Grand Lake.

Larimer County Parks and Open Space

Loveland is fortunate to have the Larimer County Parks and Open Space right in our backyard. Protected and cared for by staff and more than 2,000 volunteers, Loveland's county park space includes the Devil's Backbone, Carter Lake, Pinewood Reservoir, Flatiron Reservoir, and Ramsay-Shockey Open Space. Just to our north is Horsetooth Mountain Park, great for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and backcountry camping. Horsetooth Reservoir offers boating, camping and fishing. For more information or permit information visit: or call 970-679-4570.