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Thornton consisted solely of farmland until 1953 when Sam Hoffman purchased a lot off Washington Street about seven miles (11 km) north of Denver. The town he laid out was the first fully planned community in Adams County, and the first to offer full municipal services from a single tax levy, including recreation services and free trash pickup. Thornton was named in honor of Former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton.

The city has 81 parks and nearly 2,000 acres  of parks and open space. There are over 80 miles of trails throughout the city. Thornton has several recreational facilities like the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center and the Thornton Community Center as well as several golf courses like Thorncreek Golf Course and Todd Creek Golf.

Thornton hosts three festivals a year. Thorntonfest is held in May, and features a car show, climbing wall and carnival rides. Other activities at the festival include a petting zoo, canine disk contest and three stages of live music. The Harvest Fest is in September, and celebrates the community spirit of the residents and businesses. Winterfest is held in December and rings in the holiday with a holiday lighting contest and city-provided ice-skating rink and fireworks show.

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Thornton Attractions

Cinebarre Movie Theater

The Cinebarre movie theater in Thornton isn’t your average movie theater. Enjoy the best buttered popcorn in Colorado along with a full food and drink menu to enjoy during the movie. The Cinebarre theater in Thornton is a “Must See!”.


Cinebarre Theater | Thornton, CO

Phone: 303.457.1700

Address: 10001 Grant Street Thornton, CO

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Croke Reservoir Nature Area

The Croke Reservoir Nature Area is home to a wide range of wildlife such as fish, snapping turtles, water fowl, herons, red-winged black birds, muskrats, raccoons, and an occasional fox. Willows and cottonwoods surround this area, providing a peaceful place to stop and rest.


Croke Reservoir Walkway - Thornton, CO

Phone: 303-451-8326

Address: Huron St. & Naiad Dr. in Thornton, CO

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