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Fort Collins, Colorado: Folk Art: Swetsville Zoo (Closed) Team Field Report

At Timnath, I-25 Exit 265, south of Ft. Collins on Harmony Road east, right by side of highway.
Closed Sep. 2022

Swetsville Zoo.

Folk Art: Swetsville Zoo

The animals in the "Swetsville Zoo" were built by Bill Swets from car parts, farm machinery, and scrap metal. The property closed in September 2020, over 400 sculptures offered for auction Dec. 2022. Report...
Fort Collins, Colorado - Swetsville Zoo Shrinks
Swetsville Zoo:

A yard full of fanciful metal creatures built by Bill Swets, known in Timnath, Colorado, as Swetsville Zoo, will close within the next five years.

[03/24/2009] Complete Story...

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Folk Art: Swetsville Zoo

The last time I went to find this, it was closed. I'm not certain if it was a temporary, post-Covid close, or a permanent one. If it is still there, it is a great stop.

[Peter Bachand, 11/23/2021]

The Zoo has been closed intermittently over the past several years because of its aging owner. As with all Roadside America attractions, we recommend calling before you visit.

House entrance.

Folk Art: Swetsville Zoo

It is easy to miss. This was the coolest attraction I've seen so far. It's completely free. We packed a picnic and ate at the picnic table. The sculptures were amazing! The kids loved it.

[Brittney, 06/02/2020]

VW beetle on insect legs.

Folk Art: Swetsville Zoo

You will miss it if you do not exit the highway. Such a wonderful place. We had a great time wandering around and taking pictures. The product of such a creative generation.

[MHackemack, 05/28/2017]

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