Colorado September 09, 2019
Swetsville In Colorado Is One Of The Most Unique Zoos In America
If you have ever traveled north on I-25 and passed Fort Collins, there is a good chance that you spotted an out-of-place T-Rex on the side of the road. What is this larger-than-life metal wonder? He is the greeter of the iconic Swetsville Zoo, of course, which is one of the most beloved and unique zoos in America:
Located just off the Harmony Road exit in Fort Collins, the Swetsville Zoo began as a hobby for owner Bill Swets, who started sculpting his amazing creations in 1985.
What started as a mere hobby quickly morphed into a northern Colorado tradition, as Swets and his wife opened their land to visitors who came to enjoy his many metal creatures.
This is not your typical zoo. Swetsville houses a whopping 180 one-of-a-kind metal sculptures, including such animals as a two-headed dragon, ginormous insects, and other various four-legged friends.
In addition to the animals, keep your eyes peeled for other incredible critters like this bugged-out VW Bug...
...And a heavy metal band.
Sadly, as of this publication, the Swetsville Zoo has been listed for sale and may close in the future, so be sure to visit while you still can!
For more information on the Swetsville Zoo's possible closure and sale, please check out this article from the
The Swetsville Zoo is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, admission is free but free-will donations are accepted.
Address: 4801 East Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80528
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