Greeley began as a farming community on the plains and remains one today,. | Photo by Steve Wilson / flickr

By Sue Deans

When Horace Greeley, famed editor of the New York Tribune, said, “Go West, young man,” his namesake city of Greeley was one of the results.

Nowadays, East really does meet West here, with attractions ranging from a philharmonic orchestra to the epic Greeley Stampede and its rodeo. Like other Colorado cities, Greeley is growing a thriving craft beer culture with its own selection of breweries. The Union Colony Civic Center, run by the city, offers a variety of entertainment events in its concert venue and theater. The Greeley Ice Haus offers skating, hockey, broom ball, and curling on its ice. And a thriving arts scene with First Friday events downtown includes well-known Colorado artist Joe Molina, whose gallery is at 930 8th Ave.

The University of Northern Colorado, founded as a teachers’ college, brings thousands of students to the area, and Greeley’s cattle and grain industries recall its agricultural roots. Among its popular areas of study are business, performing arts, and nursing.

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Greeley history

“Must-see” attractions
Greeley Independence Stampede
University of Northern Colorado

More attractions
Centennial Village Museum
Greeley Freight Station Museum
Greeley History Museum
Island Grove Regional Park
Meeker Home Museum
Pawnee National Grassland

Greeley facts
Population: 92,889 (2010 Census).
Land area: 30 square miles.
County: Weld (Greeley is county seat).
Altitude: 4,658 feet above sea level.
Climate: Cool summers, very cold winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 12 inches, including average snowfall of 29 inches. Snow depth of 2 inches from December to February. January averages: high 40, low 9. July averages: high 89, low 56. More weather >>