Think you’ve seen all there is to see in Northern Colorado? Think again! From sculptures to a shoe-making school, experience a few of the following hidden gems from our Northern Colorado bucket list.
Swetsville Zoo – 4801 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80528
Though not a real zoo with live animals, this roadside attraction is filled with over 180 unique and wacky metal sculptures, welded from car parts, scrap metal and farm machinery, by “zookeeper” Bill Swets. Located just off the Poudre River, this is definitely worth the detour. It is free to the public and open during daylight hours, with donations accepted. Learn more about Bill Swets and his legacy, here.
White Pine Fire Lookout – 3745 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Located within the Running Deer Natural Area, this converted wildlife viewing pavilion was
once the top of a fire lookout tower on White Pine Mountain until 1967. As the name suggests, if you make the trip out here, there’s a good chance you could spot some mule deer or whitetail deer during your visit. Be sure to leave your bikes and dogs at home, as they are not permitted in the natural area.
Howling Cow Cafe – 5821 W. Colorado Road 54E, Bellvue, CO 80512
Howling Cow Cafe is located on the Morning Fresh Dairy Farm, home to the famous Noosa Yoghurt. Pop in for an espresso and a bagel sandwich and enjoy it on the patio. When you’re finished, there are paths and green spaces nearby that you can check out as well. The farm also has Halloween tours coming up in October for $10 if you’re looking for a fun, spooky activity for everyone!
Colorado Shoe School – 2829 N. Colorado Road 23, Bellvue, CO 80512
Make your own pair of Chuck Taylor’s at the Colorado Shoe School! This full-day activity takes
you from start to finish through the shoemaking process using vegetable-tanned leather and soles
made from recycled tennis balls. They also offer multiple-day workshops for other types of
footwear like boots! A 50 percent deposit is required to secure your workshop spot on the
Colorado Shoe School website.
Faces Bridge – 700 N. Wilson Ave. Loveland, CO 80537
A collection of more than 25 bronze faces, crafted by Randy Hand, reside under this Loveland
bridge just to the right of Wilson Avenue. Faces range in design, from peculiar and abstract to
those that may very well look like your next-door neighbor. There’s even a face of an alien!
Whether you want to explore more of what Northern Colorado has to offer for just an hour or
two on a Sunday, or plan an all-day adventure, these attractions and activities are
sure to delight.