Today, when you see Happy Heart Farm, you may think of farm dinners under the stars. Or perhaps you think of them as one of many local growers throughout Northern Colorado. But more than 30 years ago, with just over one acre of land, Dennis and...
Berthoud provides a blend of graceful Victorian homes, new housing developments, tree-lined streets, beautiful parks and an historic business district to create a warm, hometown environment. It’s nicknamed the "Garden Spot of Colorado” and is a charming community situated between Loveland and Longmont on the Front Range of Colorado.
Berthoud maintains its connected, small-town feel through events such as its annual Berthoud Days which occurs on the first Saturday in June and begins with a parade and ends in the Town Park. Fickel Park is gaining prominence as a growing a sculpture park, which has helped bring an “artsy” feel to the park and the town boasts a small arts community. Through the summer, the town also plays host to a farmers' market.
The downtown area embodies the spirit of Berthoud's charm with little shops and restaurants, as well as a museum and community center. This is a uniquely tight-knit community, a feeling that is reflected in the full-calendar of local events that keep Berthoud buzzing with activity throughout the year.
Berthoud's proximity to I-25 offers easy access to larger cities such as Fort Collins and Denver, while Loveland, Longmont and Boulder are quickly accessed via U.S. 287. Berthoud offers stunning views of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Population: 5,267 (2012 estimate) Climate: 300+ days of sunshine, 47.3 inches of annual snowfall. Geography: 20 miles south of Ft. Collins, 40 miles north of Denver just west of Interstate 25. Religion: 11 churches of various denominations. Average household income: $70,292
The town has several parks, including Berthoud Park (which has an outdoor swimming pool, playground and tennis court), Fickel Park (which also has a tennis court) and Roberts Lake Park.
Nearby are Carter Lake, Boyd Lake as well as Pinewood and Flatiron reservoirs. Outdoor lovers of every stripe will have no trouble finding a place to pursue their favorite activity, whether it be rock climbing, fishing, boating, hiking or camping. Football, baseball/softball, tennis and golf are popular in Berthoud as well. It's a close to some of best skiing in the world and Rocky Mountain National Park is less than an hour away.
Banner Health Clinic is staffed by two full-time physicians and is affiliated with McKee Medical Center in Loveland. Longmont United and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland also have excellent hospitals, located less than 30 minutes from town. Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley are also nearby and offer access to virtually all specialties.
There are dozens of small businesses to meet most every need. The Thompson School District is one of the larger employers, the 60,000 square-foot Lehman Printing Center provides state-of-the-art commercial printing and PTI manufacturing is an international manufactured housing company. Agriculture is still important to Berthoud, but many residents commute to Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Fort Collins and the Denver area.