Their story is where romance and pioneering spirit intersect. Riley tells it best:

“We met in West Texas working for a music retail store called N-Tune Music and Sound in late 2015. After Oliver was born, we both felt the calling to leave Texas and discover the place we truly wanted to raise our family…the Rocky Mountains. It was where we had travelled…even as young kids before meeting each other. The mountains were where we always felt at peace. So we based our decision off those experiences and started planning and preparing to move to Colorado. We finally moved in June 2017 after Duston found a job at another music retail store, Music and Arts, in Littleton, Colorado. I also started working nights at a Burger King close to our apartment to make up for the high cost of living in Denver. We worked non-stop for about six months, until the opportunity of a lifetime fell in our laps. When we got the offer to run and live at a motel, we jumped at the chance immediately. This allows us—Duston, Oliver and me—to finally all be on the same schedule, working toward the same goal everyday. It allows us to grow as a team and be the best we can be in our careers as well as our personal lives.

‘We've been at The Rainbow since December 2017, and all three of us could not be happier!’

Duston, Riley, and Oliver


At the core of our Rainbow operations is a conviction to top-down improvement.

Of course, our guests are top of mind and top of our list.

We’ve spent a year and a half putting the shine on the Rainbow and simultaneously creating our own home on the property that we’re proud to occupy.

Welcome to our home!



Greeley was founded as the Union Colony in 1869, an experimental utopian society envisioned by Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune after he visited Colorado in the 1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. He placed an advertisement in the New York newspaper seeking volunteers who demonstrated the criteria of being literate and of “high moral standards” (a Temperance Movement influence that probably explains why the town was voted “dry” from 1936 to 1969.) Three thousand pioneers applied to inhabit Union Colony and of that 700 were turned away. Each paid $155, a dear sum at the time, to go west.

Located in Weld County at the confluence of the Cache la Poudre and South Platte Rivers, Union Colony became known for its smart use of irrigation—for croplands and herds of cattle. The significance of this agriculture achievement was that it competed with mining as the principal basis of the territorial economy. The success of Union Colony inspired the establishment of another colony upstream, Ft. Collins.

Just like the early pioneers that were wooed to Union Colony, we want the Rainbow Motel to be your destination of choice when you are visiting Greeley for business or pleasure. We want you to be the next guest to step into one of our newly rennovated guest rooms and exclaim, “Now, this is unexpected luxury.” We’ve actually had guests say that to us. And nothing makes us prouder of our achievement in turning our concept of the Rainbow into reality. Plus we now have a liquor store across the street!


We’re relentless about keeping the Rainbow Motel free of any non-paying guest! Bed bugs fall into that category. Bed bugs travel with people and in this globe-trotting world, it’s every innkeeper’s responsibility to be proactive about preventing bed bugs on premise.

To that end, the Rainbow Motel engages frequent and thorough general pest control services covering every inch of our property, guest rooms and service rooms, top to bottom. But we’ve gone one step further to ensure that you can be confident our rooms are bed bug free. We’ve enlisted the regular monthly services of Amy Speck, Advanced K9 Bed Bug Seekers, LLC, and her bedbug dog, Tracker. Amy knows Greeley well. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. She became interested in bed bug detection dogs after her husband launched his own pest control business. Tracker was trained by the best of the best in the industry, Stephanie Taunton of Hesperia, California. Once Tracker graduated from his scent detection tour of duty, Amy trained at his side to perfect the hunt for hospitality’s most feared guest. Tracker’s intelligence, focus and accuracy impress observers everywhere. His über-sized beagle personality is, frankly, enchanting. And Amy equally delightful.

If you spot Amy and Tracker on our property, it’s to give us their monthly stamp of approval, a status that is coveted by hotel and motel operators everywhere.