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What’s it like to live in Lyons?
It’s like living at a resort all year round. Surrounded by large sandstone cliffs in the foothills of the Rockies, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped on a mountain getaway. In fact, Lyons is known as “The Double Gateway to the Rockies” because of its convenient location at intersection of State Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 37, which both lead to Rocky Mountain National Park, about 20 miles away.
But Lyons’ gorgeous natural setting is only one of its charms. This secluded (but growing) community also has a dynamic live music scene and a rich history dating back to the late 1800s. So with a tempting trifecta of history, music, and the great outdoors, it’s no wonder that Lyons attracts families, artists and musicians, and nature enthusiasts alike.
What types of homes are in Lyons?
Lyons’ combination of rural peace and downtown growth means that you’ll be able to find a variety of home styles in a range of settings. From cabin-like mountain retreats; to large, family-friendly two-stories; to Craftsman-style bungalows, Lyons offers something for everyone. Recent growth has also seen new construction of luxury homes on acreage.
One perk of buying in Lyons — all houses are surrounded by lush evergreens and majestic mountain scenery, a picture-perfect place to call home.
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What’s unique about Lyons?
Lyons’ history — full of tales about the Colorado Gold Rush and bison-hunting Native Americans — is alive and well today. The town has its own historical society and is active in historic preservation, so you’ll be able to see some buildings just as they were in Lyons’ earliest days, back in the 1880s.
So if you’re interested in taking a step back in time, check out the Lyons Redstone Museum, which was the first official building to be constructed in the town in 1881, the same year Lyons was incorporated. The red sandstone building was used as a schoolhouse, and also served as a church and town meeting hall. Today, the building is a history museum. Inside, you’ll find an authentically re-created living room and kitchen area plus other historic items from the period such as a bank teller cage, musical instruments, and farm and dairy equipment.
Other original, historic buildings have also been converted for modern use. The 1881 train depot is now a library; the 1881 saloon is now a Mexican restaurant; and the 1884 Lyons General Store is now an antique mall. So almost everywhere you go, you’ll find connections to Lyons’ colorful past.
In a whole other type of historic preservation, Lyons is also home to Lyons Classic Pinball, a shop that does double duty as a collectors’ exhibition and an arcade. Here, you can admire (and play! – bring your quarters) nearly 40 pinball machines, some dating back to the 1960s. A few 1980s video games have been thrown into the mix for extra retro fun.
Where are the good schools in Lyons?
- Lyons Elementary School | Grades PK-5 | 338 High St.
- Lyons Middle/Senior High School | Grades 6-12 | 100 South 2nd Ave.
What are the best things to do in Lyons?
In Lyons, you’ll be treated to a jiving live music scene — and Planet Bluegrass, a large ranch and concert/event center, is at the heart of that scene. This venue hosts Lyons’ two largest music festivals: Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. Both festivals draw visitors from around the country thanks to nationally recognized acts paired with Planet Bluegrass’ green, tree-lined outdoor setting with red sandstone buttes towering behind.
Other musical options include the Sounds of Lyons classical music series, which features nationally acclaimed artists, as well as the yearly Sandstone Summer Concert Series in downtown Lyons.
But even outside of festival season, the city’s outdoor playground is a constant. In and around Lyons, you’ll have the chance to enjoy everything from biking, hiking, camping, and climbing, to fly fishing, kayaking, and — for the especially adventurous — class II–V whitewater rafting.
Lyons borders two Boulder County Open Space areas: Hall Ranch and Heil Valley Ranch. These two public spaces total more 10,000 acres, and both are within walking distance of downtown Lyons. In addition to offering 12+ miles of multi-use trails, Hall Ranch is a wildlife preserve. If you’re lucky, you might spot anything from golden eagles and great horned owls to elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. Mountain lions and bobcats have also been known to prowl the area.
So make a day of it and bring your bike or pack a lunch and take advantage of the ranch’s picnic spots. Heil Valley Ranch is a similar recreation destination, featuring trails the meander through green valleys and forest meadows and plenty of opportunities for wildlife-watching.
Is Lyons right for me?
Whether you’re into browsing art galleries and antique shops, jamming to some wicked bluegrass, or hitting the trails for some hiking or mountain biking, in Lyons, living the good life has never been so easy. With the city’s small-town charm and laid-back vibe, you’ll feel at home right away. Great scenery and great music make Lyons a popular summer destination, but living here, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation all year.