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Longmont - North Central Colorado

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In 1871 a group of pioneers gathered in Chicago and acquired rights to seventy thousand acres in the St. Vrain Valley. They built their town on the higher ground of the north bank of the St. Vrain River. From this location, the people could see Longs Peak, named after Colorado explorer Stephen H Long. This tall mountain in Colorado inspired the name for the small town, Longmont. Now, 130 years later, this once small town has become a small city. Shop for a day at the Longmont mall, and then satisfy your appetite with one of the many restaurants lining Main Street. Longmont is also home to the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The Boulder County Fair is held here once a year, as well as various arts and craft Fair's throughout the year.

A Great Blue Heron nested in the snow in Longmont, Colorado
Longmont is home to an abundant number of birds, including this Great Blue Heron
Sheep grazing at a farm in Boulder County, Colorado
Agricultural Heritage Center: Come To The Farm -- Glimpse into the History of Boulder County
 

Spend an afternoon or evening exploring Longmont's Historic Downtown Main Street. This historic area has been active since the late 1800s and features an array of dining, boutiques and art galleries. There are miles of paved scenic trails for walking, strolling and biking; for a rugged hike head to Rabbit Mountain.

The Agricultural Heritage Center is along Ute Highway between Lyons and Longmont. Witness farm life from the 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers. Stroll the grounds, farm buildings, and see antique tractors. Animals are the main attraction from April through October including chickens, pigs, draft horses and sheep. For a Farm-to-Table meal head to Ollin Farms the dinners feature freshly harvested produce and locally grown ingredients served in a beautiful evening setting right on the farm; open daily from May through October.

Beautiful sunset captured at Union Reservoir in Longmont, Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Misty Blake, CVD Staff
Longmont's Beach Destination is Union Reservoir -- The Sunsets Cap a Day of Fun in the Sun -- Picnic, Fish, Swim
Two kayaks on the beach with a dog at Union Reservoir in Longmont, Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Misty Blake, CVD Staff
Union Reservoir Nature Area -- Open Year Round -- Sailing, Paddle-Boarding, Kayaking, Windsurfing -- Dog Beach
 

UNION RESERVOIR NATURE AREA is open year round with limited access in winter. Originally called Calkins Lake, the reservoir was carved out during the last glacial age and is one of only a few natural lakes in Colorado. Its' sandy beaches have lifeguards stationed for safety; during posted hours. Near the beach facilities include picnic shelter, playground, and sand volleyball court. Wakeless boating is allowed: sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing. An off-leash dog beach area is on the south side of the reservoir. If fishing is part of your vacation plan, this is the spot for Walleye, 17 to 24 inches are common. Along with a healthy population of Trout, Crappie, Catfish, Bass, Sunfish, Wiper and Tiger Muskie; a Colorado fishing licenses is required. There is a fish cleaning station and handicapped accessible fishing pier. Union Reservoir hosts triathlons, community festivals, and boating events throughout the year.

Formerly known as Barbour Ponds, ST. VRAIN STATE PARK, minutes from downtown Longmont; and just north of I-25 between Denver and Fort Collins on Highway 119. It is a great destination for fishermen, photographers, and wildlife viewing. A sunset or sunrise photo of the ponds is breathtaking. Bald Eagles call St. Vrain home for the winter months.

Just five minutes from Longmont is Niwot, named for Chief Niwot, an Arapaho chieftain. Take a walk down Old Town Main Street, and see the many antique shops that line the street, and visit one of the weekly auctions. Only 45 minutes from scenic Estes Park and 30 minutes from thriving Fort Collins, you can enjoy the calm atmosphere of this city, while still enjoying the view of Longs Peak.

Longmont is near: Boulder, Fort Collins & Loveland

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Agricultural Heritage Center: Come To The Farm  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Come to the farm! Our BIG RED BARN has interactive exhibits for all ages. Learn the agricultural history of Boulder County while strolling through farm buildings, antique farming equipment and tractors.

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Boulder RV Service and Supply Center  Web page link icon
In Longmont and Boulder! RV Service and Supply Center for ALL Makes and ALL Models of RVs, Truck Campers, Towables, and Trailers -- boat, utility, livestock. Convenient to Estes Park, Lyons, Louisville.

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Featured Longmont Businesses

Agricultural Heritage Center: Come To The Farm  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Come to the farm! Our BIG RED BARN has interactive exhibits for all ages. Learn the agricultural history of Boulder County while strolling through farm buildings, antique farming equipment and tractors.

Tourist Attractions 


Boulder RV Service and Supply Center  Web page link icon
In Longmont and Boulder! RV Service and Supply Center for ALL Makes and ALL Models of RVs, Truck Campers, Towables, and Trailers -- boat, utility, livestock. Convenient to Estes Park, Lyons, Louisville.

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St. Vrain State Park  Web page link icon
Near Longmont, 30 miles north of Denver, St. Vrain is a charming State Park with full hookup and electric only campsites. The ponds are home to Egrets, White Pelicans, Tall Cormorants. Warm water fishing!

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Boulder RV Service and Supply Center  Web page link icon
In Longmont and Boulder! RV Service and Supply Center for ALL Makes and ALL Models of RVs, Truck Campers, Towables, and Trailers -- boat, utility, livestock. Convenient to Estes Park, Lyons, Louisville.

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