You Just Gotta Get to Greeley and Weld County, Colorado!




On this episode of Big Blend Radio’s Vacation Station travel show, hear why “You Just Gotta Get Here” with special guests: Amy Dugan – Visit Greeley Director, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, and Jennifer Finch – Weld County Communications Director.

Weld County is home to growing cities, charming towns, thriving businesses and thousands of acres of prime agricultural land. As Colorado’s third largest county, it covers 3,996 square miles in the northern part of the state and is larger than the size of Rhode Island, Delaware and the District of Columbia combined. Greeley is the county seat.

Perfectly situated on the high plains with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, Greeley offers a small town feel with big city attractions and entertainment. Downtown Greeley is approximately 15 miles east of Interstate 25 and just one hour from Denver.

Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, popularized the phrase, “Go West young man, go West,” but it was his visionary agricultural editor, Nathan C. Meeker, who spearheaded one of the most successful colonization experiments ever attempted in the “Great American Desert.” When the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, a spur from Cheyenne to Denver was built, opening this part of the country for settlement. Meeker was inspired to create an agricultural utopia. Where the railroad crossed the confluence of the Platte and Cache la Poudre rivers, the city of Greeley was born – an ideal location where both natural resources and transportation were abundant. Early in the settlement’s development, an irrigation canal became priority construction, turning the high desert into an agricultural oasis. Throughout its history, this area has been known for growing sugar beets, corn, and onion, among many other crops – all made possible on irrigated farmland.

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Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Amy Dugan and Jennifer Finch, while you piece together this online jigsaw puzzle of the Supermoon at The Pawnee Buttes, two prominent buttes located within the Pawnee National Grassland in Weld County. Photo courtesy of

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