There are many reasons that people love living in Loveland, CO but for me the number one reason that I love Loveland and Northern Colorado is the excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. You can hike, backpack or camp in Estes Park or Rocky Mountain National Park, explore up the Poudre River or travel to anywhere in Colorado or Wyoming for adventure but you don’t need to because there are great recreational opportunities right inside the Loveland, Colorado city limits. 

Loveland Colorado has an awesome Open Space Program* which takes advantage of the Larimer County Open Space Tax to purchase many open lands. Some of these properties include Rivers Edge Natural Area where you can fish or walk your dogs around the ponds, Old St. Louis where you can walk along wet lands and bird habitats, Boise Bend where you can access the Big Thompson River and Devil’s Backbone trail where you can mountain bike.

In the embedded video, I was walking around Equilizer Lake & Houts Reservoir near Lakes at Centerra. This area is great because there is a paved trail around the lakes making it ideal for strollers, wheel charis, skateboards and scooters or for walkers and runners.

This area is accessible to the newer homes in the Lakes at Centerra development, the townhomes near Target and it is all open to the public. Check out this unique in town outdoor adventure opportunity in Loveland Colorado. 

Do you agree that the best part of living in Loveland Colorado is the outdoor recreation opportunities? Where do you like to explore?

*Note: Andy Hawbaker is a licensed Realtor in Northern Colorado but he also served on the City of Loveland Open Lands Commision for 10 years. The opinions in this article are his own.