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Northern Colorado - Something for Everyone

Northern Colorado Basics

Northern Colorado, home to the Friendship Force of Northern Colorado (FFNC), is located toward the northern end of the Colorado "Front Range".  Although we are on the high plains, we are only a few miles distant from the foothills to the Rockies.

Our view to the west features one of Colorado's 54 "fourteeners" - peaks in excess of 14,000 ft. above sea level.  Long's Peak, at 14,109', is pictured above as viewed from Rocky Mountain National Park.


FFNC serves the communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and surrounding areas. 

Midway between the capitals of Colorado (Denver) and Wyoming (Cheyenne), FFNC is served by Denver International Airport, a drive of slightly over an hour by bus shuttles or by members in personal autos.

There are numerous attractions within our "Quad Cities" territory.  We often include additional Exchange program options in Boulder, Estes Park, Denver and Cheyenne.

An active group, FFNC members can arrange for hikes, golf, bike rides, nature walks, bird watching and other outdoor physical pursuits.

It is our desire to introduce our friendly people, natural beauty and cultural attractions to visiting Ambassadors and to those who might consider us as an Exchange destination.  A full, but not overwhelming, schedule is planned for each Exchange.

Northern Colorado Attractions

As in many places, Northern Colorado offers more items of interest than can be accomodated  within a week's time.

Therefore, we encourage the active involvement of the Ambassadors' Exchange Director with us in the selection of the attractions and sites for a planned Exchange.

The following suggestions, listed by community, have been popular excursions.  This list is not exhaustive;  just a tease.  We hope we have your attention.


Water Authority - Water from the high mountains provides the lifeblood for Colorado residents. In this tour you will learn how this arid region gets its water to supply the surrounding populace and agricultural needs.


Celestial Seasonings Teas - Take a tea factory tour at this production facility.  See everything "Tea" at their tea shop.  Have a favorite tea?  Pick up a case at the factory.

Leanin' Tree Cards - View the original Western art collection of paintings and sculptures from which many of their stationery products were designed.  A large selection of greeting cards and gift items are available for purchase.

NOAA - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.  A Tuesday tour includes National Weather Service center;  Sun Room (24/7 watch of sun's surface for sun spots and flares);  extraordinary global views of Earth's creation, aircraft patterns in the air, ocean temperature changes, hurricane/typhoon paths and many, many more.

Estes Park

Rocky Mountain National Park - With the highest continuous highway in the US at over 12,000', the surrounding mountains include Long's Peak and many others exceeding 13,000'.  Snow by the highway is available throughout much of the year for visitors' enjoyment.

Stanley Hotel - This operating grand hotel has a history of ghosts;  and it was the setting for Stephen King's The Shining.  Take a tour to view the premises and hear the stories.

Fort Collins

Anheuser/Busch - Large-scale beer production facility tour;  See the famous Clydesdale horses (if they are not on tour) and their stables.

New Belgium Brewery - Tour this "micro- becoming macro-brewery", maker of Fat Tire and other popular beers and ales, and witness its socially responsible and environmentally-conscious business focus.


Centennial Village - Collection of 70 buildings ranging from an adobe building to several stately 2-story homes, one-room schoolhouse, church, blacksmith shop.

Model Railroad Museum - Model railroad with 17 trains operating simultaneously, each taking 90 minutes to traverse the system.  Popular with the young and the older, there are great views at eye level or from above.  Open Saturdays.


Bronze Sculpture Foundry - Take a tour of one of three operating foundries and listen and observe as the artists explain the multi-part processes.

Alpaca Farm - Enjoy an up-close introduction to these gentle creatures as the owner explains their behaviors and reviews the wool process, from the alpaca to the weaving skeins.

Additional Northern Colorado Attractions

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