Welcome to Lyons
Adventurous town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains
Located in the gorgeous rolling foothills, Lyons is known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The community is nestled snugly between the cities of Boulder and Longmont, offering endless outdoor opportunities and excursions. This small town goes big with its famous summer festivals and special events for every season. You’ll find charming independent restaurants lining Main Street and have a great time getting to know the history of Lyons, which was originally a sandstone quarrying town. Its large and cozy homes are affordable and beautiful, varying from traditional structures to unique and modern framing.
What to Love
- Hip restaurant and beer scene
- Adventurous outdoor activities
- Low-key and relaxed community
- Coveted festival destination
People & Lifestyle
This small town is known for its laid-back lifestyle. An hour drive from Denver, residents enjoy living in what is a peaceful and under-the-radar oasis that has easy access (and a breathtaking scenic route) to surrounding cities for a fun weekend outing. What used to be a traveled-through town is now a destination due to its awesome outdoor recreation. A very active community, Lyon residents are typically devoted hikers, kayakers, swimmers, mountain bikers, and adventure-seeking people.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Like any small town in Colorado, main street is an adorable and fun staple for the community. Lyons Main Street includes a strip of colorful and vibrant shops where there’s something for everyone.
The Stone Cup is called “Lyons’ front porch” because of its popularity and draw as a hangout spot for locals. The family-run cafe has delicious and cost-effective breakfast burritos, quiche, sandwiches, and baked goods. For a yummy meal, try a seasonally inspired dish made with fresh ingredients from local suppliers at the rustic Lyons Fork. The truffle fries and aioli are to die for!
If you’re a history-loving beer fan, check out Lyons’ Oskar Blues Brewery. In 2002, Oskar Blues became the first brewery to put craft beer in a can! When you’ve finished a bike ride or kayaking excursion, stop by the beautiful patio to reward yourself with live music and a cold Dale’s Pale Ale, which is Oskar’s flagship beer.
Lyons is home to some of the best antique and art shops. Red Canyon Art features handmade and specially crafted ceramics, jewelry, goods, and art by talented local artists. Rosey’s Rescue and Gatherings of a Lifetime are both quirky and unique shops, filled with vintage trinkets, knick-knacks, clothes, decor and so much more.
Things to Do
From St. Vrain Creek to St. Vrain Market, there’s always something to do in Lyons. If you’re looking to get outdoors, hit the trails of Hall Ranch or head to Heil Valley Ranch for a picnic. Along the river, Lyons has dedicated swimming holes, splash pads, and parks that are safe for all types of family fun. Whitewater Park in Lavern M. Johnson Park is a great destination for tubers, rafters, campers, and fishers (although it’s catch and release only).
The biggest attractions in Lyons are the folksy festivals. The Rocky Grass Festival and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest are both iconic annual events that draw large crowds. Visitors and locals alike often take the opportunity to camp at these festivals and then head out to the mountains to round off their trip. Interested in a smaller Lyons tradition? Lyons Holiday Parade Of Lights includes music, fireworks, entertainment, and lights that will get you into a positive spirit for the season.
Schools in Lyons are zoned to the St. Vrain Valley School District. Highlights include:
- Blue Mountain Elementary School, Public, PK-5
- Altona Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Silver Creek High School, Public, 9-12