Welcome to Sterling, Colorado!

This land of prairie breezes is an artist’s dream. As you travel through this area, you’ll see native grasslands, majestic bluffs and rolling hills. You’ll delight in the serene qualities of the natural landscape and the friendly atmosphere of an agricultural-based community filled with hometown values. This City on the Plains – with 15,000 people – is two hours from any traffic jam and boasts 331 clear, sunny days a year! You’ll find Sterling offers local culture in a progressive setting which includes a premier two-year college and plenty of state-of-the-art industries.

The hub of northeast Colorado, Sterling was platted in 1887. It is located between Denver and the Nebraska state line, just off Interstate-76, which follows the same route as the Overland Trail along the South Platte River. Sterling is also a junction between Highway 14 (west), Highway 6 (east) and Highway 61 (south) as well as the old scenic Highway 138/Highway 6 roads that preceded the interstate. The old highways follow the South Platte River and the Union Pacific Railroad through northeast Colorado.

River channel at Overland

South Platte River channel at Overland Trail Recreation Area

The county seat of Logan County, Sterling is a dignified presence on the prairie – deemed both the “Mecca” and the “Crossroads” of the Plains. A drive through this town is an exploration of early western American architecture. Many of its historic buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Logan County Courthouse was built in 1910. The old library, now a private home, was built with the aid of a grant from the Andrew Carnegie

Historic Union Pacific Depot

Historic Union Pacific Depot

Foundation in 1918. The retired Union Pacific Depot, built in 1902, was relocated in 1984 and houses the Logan County Chamber of Commerce office in Downtown Sterling.

Logan County is home to Northeastern Junior College, one of the fastest growing colleges in the state and the country, and boasts Colorado’s first commercial ethanol plant in Sterling and one of the nation’s largest wind farms near Peetz. More than 400 wind turbines dot the landscape of northern Logan County where a drive across the plateau provides a scenic view of nature’s energy at work.

National Recording Artist Danielle Bradbery with Logan County Fair Royalty

National Recording Artist Danielle Bradbery with Logan County Fair Royalty

And don’t miss these attractions: North Sterling State Park, Logan County Fair & Rodeo, July Jamz Free Concert Series, Sugar Beet Days, Twilight Tuesdays Movies in the Park, Flatlanders Car Show, Indoor/Outdoor Pool & Water Park, Sterling Xpress Baseball and much more!Copy (2) of Angled cornfield

With all the historic and modern wonders here in this corner of Colorado you might just think you’ve found the “Perfect Life!”

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Contact us at 970-522-8962 or info@exploresterling.com


4 thoughts on “

  1. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr…
    well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  2. I wonder what you plan on doing about the major stink problem at Highway 138 where the cattle pens meet the railtroad crossing and where the cattle are within 100 yards of the road. There are way too many cattle there to keep the odor down, and I how do you expect visitors to have any desire to visit? I’m very concerned about all the change which is so rapid and without a great deal of citizen participation.

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