July 2024 News

Join our Buckley Branch Relocation Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the relocation of the Aurora City Place Branch to our new Buckley Branch (located near the intersection of E Alameda Parkway and S Airport Blvd.) that features a drive-up teller lane, drive-up ATM, and ample dedicated parking. 

July 8–13

During the celebration: 

  • Each day, the first 50 people to visit the branch will receive a complimentary 21-oz Hydro Flask®
  • Enjoy a complimentary HipPOPs® handcrafted gelato bar, which you can customize, available Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, while supplies last
  • Enter for a chance to win one of six $100 Visa® gift cards or one $500 Visa gift card*

Limited Time Offers: 

Get $300 Cash Back on an Auto Refinance and up to 90 days to make your first payment1

Get a $200 Bonus when opening your first Checking Account with a qualifying direct deposit of $500 or more.2

Get a Fixed Rate as low as 6.99% APR on a Home Equity ChoiceLine advance of $10,000 or more3

To learn more about these specific offers, click the Learn More button below.

Hydro Flask is a registered trademark of Helen of Troy Limited, and HipPOPs is a registered trademark of HipPops LLC. Visa is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. For Official Rules, visit the Bellco Buckley Branch located at 499 S. Airport Blvd., Aurora, CO 80017 during the sweepstakes period. Sweepstakes Period: July 8, 2024, at 9:01 am MT, to July 13, 2024, at 12:59 pm MT.

Tap Into Your Keep Colorado Wild Parks Pass

Since January 2023, people registering their vehicles in Colorado have had the opportunity to add on a reduced-rate ($29 vs $80) annual state parks pass called Keep Colorado Wild. The initiative has been about raising awareness of our 42 state parks, as well as raising funds for park maintenance, animal management, search and rescue, and more. According to 9News, in the first year, nearly a third of vehicle registrations included the parks pass—good news for park funding. However, park visitation rates didn’t change much, which means that, if you’re one of those vehicle owners, you might not be fully aware of what you opted in to. To make the most of your annual pass, consider checking out some of these great parks, to enjoy all that our beautiful state provides.

Staunton State Park

About 40 miles southwest of Denver, near Pine, Staunton has a lot to offer, from varied geology and water features to a wide variety of activities, including a 17-lane archery range (no additional charge), numerous multiuse trails (good for hiking, biking, and horseback riding), geocaching, fishing (license required), and rock climbing. Reservable walk-in camping sites are available, with an extra charge. On-leash pets are welcome, and there is a track-chair program on designated trails for people with limited mobility.

Castlewood Canyon State Park

With its varied wildlife and interesting rock formations, Castlewood, southeast of Denver, draws photography enthusiasts. History buffs can find something there as well; ruins of the ill-fated Castlewood Canyon Dam (which burst in 1933) and a nearby homestead are viewable to hikers. For those looking for a unique wedding venue, the Bridge Canyon Overlook gazebo, with its dramatic view, can offer that certain “wow” appeal. This park is day use only; there is no camping.

Jackson Lake State Park

A remarkably large body of water in the northeastern plains, Jackson Lake draws boaters, swimmers, and anglers, as well as campers, bikers, and OTV riders. Photographers love the particular beauty of both sunrise and sunset over the lake, and bird watchers and wildlife lovers can enjoy peeping pelicans, coyotes, deer, and numerous waterfowl. In 2020, the park was designated a Certified Dark-Sky Place, affording stargazers and full-on astro-tourists a place to watch the sky.  

Highline Lake State Park

Not far from Grand Junction, Highline is like an oasis in the desert. It’s a popular area for birding, having been designated an “important” area by the National Audubon Society—over 200 species of birds live in or fly through the park each year, including both golden and bald eagles, Great Horned Owls, and Cooper’s Hawks. Interested birders can tick off species they observe using the “Birds of Highline Lake State Park” checklist and can make use of the viewing scopes at the Watchable Wildlife Kiosks (which also offer views of local wildlife). And the park has much to be enjoyed by folks not interested in avian viewing—including swimming, paddleboarding, and boating (note decontamination rules), as well as hiking, biking, and volleyball.  

And that just scratches the surface of our state’s park resources. With your annual pass, you can check out all 42, enjoying a vast array of activities and sights—or the opportunity to kick back in a folding chair and do nothing at all. The summer is yours to explore! 

For more information about the Keep Colorado Wild park passes, you can visit their website.

Protecting Yourself or Family from Elder Fraud

Whether you have an aging parent or grandparent or you are already in your golden years, it’s in all of our best interest to try to reduce and protect against elder abuse—including financial fraud, the unauthorized use of a person’s funds or property. Con artists these days prey on seniors, frequently using an older person’s inexperience with technology to defraud them. Luckily, we all have recourse to help our loved ones and ourselves.

Protecting your loved ones

Whether the senior in your life is sharp as a tack or experiencing cognitive decline, you can help ensure they stay as safe as possible. To start, recognize signs of financial fraud, including sudden changes to banking or investment accounts, estate plans, and spending habits. Watch, in particular, for sudden, frequent, and large gift card purchases, which is one favored method for fraudsters to launder money. Also, talk with your aging loved one about money matters and how to create a plan to manage their finances. Keep those lines of communication open at all times.

Protecting yourself

If you are a senior, know that you’re at greater risk because fraudsters see you as exceptionally vulnerable and therefore good prey. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk and make yourself a less exciting target.

  • Avoid isolation. Maintain contact with family and friends and be as active in your community as you can. Con artists have an easier time overtaking an isolated individual.
  • Review and stay on top of your finances. If you want to make changes or something seems amiss, contact a trusted family member or friend. Better still, talk to a professional financial advisor, especially if you want to make important decisions regarding your finances. If it comes to it, speak with an attorney.
  • Plan for the unexpected. If you add a trusted contact, that person can manage your affairs if you suddenly become unavailable (or unable) to manage your affairs, whether you’re simply traveling or if something happens to your health. With a trusted contact, your financial institution has someone to get in touch with if you’re unable to communicate.
  • Understand your resources. This includes legal tools like powers of attorney (such as durable power of attorney and health care power of attorney) and wills.
  • Safeguard your personal info. To help ensure no one can clean you out when your back is turned, never give out your personal data like your Social Security number, your account numbers and passwords, or your credit card information over the phone or via email unless you’re absolutely sure you know to whom you’re giving your information..

No matter our position, we can all help each other, particularly the most vulnerable among us. If you think you’ve been a victim or if you know a potential victim of elder fraud, contact the authorities—including law enforcement and adult protective services—as soon as possible.  For more information about preventing fraud, visit our Fraud Prevention page.

If you believe you or a loved one are a victim of fraud in relation to your Bellco accounts, please contact Bellco’s Fraud Department at 303-689-7548. 

Making Bellco Payments via External Accounts

Paying your Bellco loan has never been easier. If you’re still writing and mailing checks, you can do it faster, cheaper, and easier from anywhere you have online access. Just log in to Online or Mobile Banking and set up a recurring or one-time transfer from your Bellco account to pay your Bellco loan.

If you need to pay a Bellco loan using an account at another financial institution, you can easily do that as well, whether you’re looking to make a one-time payment or recurring payments from the other institution’s account.

If you are interested in learning how to set up a Bellco loan payment from another account, click the button below to show you how to get started.

For all the convenient ways you can make Bellco loan payments, visit our Make a Loan Payment page.