Loveland, Colorado

Best Places to Retire in Colorado


The historic centerpiece of Loveland, a city of 50,608 people (2000 Census), is it’s downtown. In the late 1800s, commercial buildings began sprouting up near the railroad tracks where passengers and freight arrived daily. Since then, and for over 100 years, Loveland’s development has been reflected in the growth of this central business district. Today, downtown it is still the heart of the community. There are some unique retail shops, quality antique stores, and a wide variety of restaurants, financial institutions, professional offices, plus city and county governments that residents and visitors will want or need to visit.

The Downtown Development Authority has concluded that the focus of downtown Loveland’s future is its role as the community’s Art & Entertainment Center. As a result, the arts include: concerts in Peters Park during the summer, music and theater outdoors at the Foote Lagoon, and performances at the historic Rialto Theater by visiting musical or theatrical companies, as well as Loveland’s own Choral Society, Chamber Orchestra, and community theater groups. The Loveland Museum/Gallery hosts many prestigious shows and exhibits throughout the year, and the various painters’ and sculptors’ galleries are unrivaled. Public art can be seen throughout the downtown and civic center.

No one can ever say they’re bored in Loveland. The city has over 10 miles of bike/hike trails, over 25 public parks, three scenic golf courses, a recreation center, a water park, a dog track and a wonderful museum. In addirtion, it has shopping, galleries, and a performing arts theater. It is located close to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, the Big Thompson and Poudre Canyons, which is perfect for a scenic drive.

Loveland is often called “Gateway to the Rockies” because of its location 25 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park. This beautiful park encompasses more than 265,000 acres of land, including 178 mountain peaks that are over 10,000 feet above sea level, 355 miles of trails, nearly 590 campsites, and more than 140 lakes. These great forests and valleys protect the wildlife that can be seen, such as bear, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, and moose. Fishing in the rivers and lakes of the park will find the catch of the day anywhere from Bass to Walleye, and everything in between. Winding through the park is the world famous Trail Ridge Road, a “must see” when in Colorado.

Fort Collins (population 127,000), which is just 12 miles north of Loveland, is the nearest major resource city. It is also home to Colorado State University with 25,000 students. The city offers a great many amenities including live theater, large venues for entertainment and cultural events, many dining choices, nightlife, museums, galleries, big-time college sports events, and more. It has a strong economic base Valley Health Systems, Eastman Kodak, Larimer County, Agilent Technologies, and the City of Fort Collins. or

Arts & Culture

Loveland is home to many world-renowned artists who are creating works of art on everything from canvas to bronze sculptures. Sculpture plays a prominent role in the sights of Loveland. A trip to Benson Park Sculpture Garden reveals a lovely park with sidewalks that direct your stroll past more than 40 pieces of sculpture and around two small ponds that are the natural habitat of birds and geese. Downtown Loveland is also the home of many artists, their studios and galleries.

The city’s innovative “one percent for the arts” ordinance, along with substantial private donations, have provided Loveland with a public art collection valued at over $2 million dollars. Several foundries cast the work of Loveland’s many sculptors and the work of artists throughout the country. Sculpture is celebrated each August during the nation’s two largest outdoor sculpture and art shows. More than 20,000 people from around the world attend the event and are treated to hundreds of works of art.

Loveland is also home to Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. The programs at the academy include sculpture, painting, and drawing with different topics, such as life casting and anatomy. The nationally recognized instructors offer unique hands on opportunities for learning the arts. (970) 669-6236.

The Rialto Theater, in the heart of downtown Loveland, hosts plays, musicals, concerts and movies featuring classics, silent movies with live accompaniment and children’s movies. The Rialto offers a comfortable, friendly environment for the entire family.

The Loveland Museum/Gallery is a center for cultural events in a community that refers to itself as “A Work of Art.” It is a place where people meet to exchange ideas, look at art, read and listen to poetry, hear music, share memories and think about the past. It is a place all ages enjoy and experience.

The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins (12 miles away) has a 1,180-seat Performance Hall and a 225-seat Mini Theatre, which present musicals, conceerts, drama, dance, comedy, and lectures. The center also features three galleries and a sculpture garden.

Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra presents a Masterworks Series and produces many special concerts.

Fort Collins Canyon Concert Ballet is Northern Colorado’s premier classical dance company.

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Bas Bleu Theatre Company (Fort Collins) –

Open Stage Theatre (Fort Collins) – http://WWW.OPENSTAGE.COM/


The Loveland offers diverse and comprehensive year-round programming at a number of its recreational facilities. The city’s parks and recreation department manages 27 city parks, three golf courses, 12.5 miles of recreational trails, 28 natural areas, the Hatfield Chilson Recreation Center, Barnes Park Batting Cages, Winona Swimming Pool, and Lake Loveland Swim Beach.

Colorado State University has a complete men’s and women’s athletic program. It competes in the Mountain West Conference.


Loveland enjoys easy access to the state’s three largest universities: Colorado State University in Fort Collins (12 miles north) has an enrollment of approximately 25,000 –

The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley (20 miles east) enrolls more than 11,000 students –, and the University of Colorado in Boulder (35 miles southwest) has 20,000 undergraduate students – (

Aims Community College – and Regis University – jointly operate campuses in Loveland with an average enrollment of 2,000 students. Front Range Community College – offers four types of Associate degrees designed to be complete education programs or the basis for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Senior Programs

The senior center is located in a wing of the Loveland Civic Center that also houses the city’s recreation center. It offers a variety of programs and activities specifically for seniors. The facility includes pool tables, a shuffleboard area, and a lounge area.


Poudre Valley Hospital, in nearby Fort Collins, is a regional medical facility offering a wide array of treatments, surgeries, and diagnostic procedures in more than three dozen medical specialties. With 2,300 health care professionals, it delivers personal and skilled care that integrates the latest medical technologies. The facility has been recognized for its excellence in nursing care and is a Level II Trauma Center.

McKee Medical Center in Loveland is a 98-bed facility that provides a broad range of health care services to meet the needs of the community. The cancer center offers patients the latest in treatments and support. For individuals interested in complementing their medical care, the McKee Center for Holistic Medicine provides acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional/herbal counseling and other exciting options. The hospital offers a full-range of inpatient and outpatient services including medical, obstetrical, pediatric, orthopedic, surgical and critical care. It is a Level III Trauma Center as well as an Accredited Hospital.


Denver International Airport is 80 miles south of Loveland.
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Loveland averages 296 days of sunshine per year (116 clear days, 180 partly sunny days). Average relative humidity is 30% in summer and 43% in winter.


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Aspen – 206 miles
Boulder – 34 miles
Breckenridge – 129 miles
Colorado Springs – 120 miles
Denver – 54 miles
Pueblo – 154 miles
Vail – 144 miles

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