In the shadows of Longs Peak lies the town of Lyons. Due to its location at the intersection of State Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 36 which lead to Rocky Mountain National Park, it is referred to as The Double Gateway to the Rockies. Home to approximately 2,000 people, Lyons sits an elevation of 5,374 feet and is surrounded by large red sandstone mountains.
Active on historic preservation, Lyons has a designated Historic District with fifteen sandstone structures which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These were all constructed of native stone between the early 1870s and 1917.
Noted for it's art galleries and antique shops, Lyons attracts art enthusiasts and antique collectors form near and far. Music lovers are also drawn to Lyons for the annual Rockygrass Bluegrass festival and Folks Festival. With nationally-known lineups and a breathtaking setting, these festivals gather people from all over the nation. The festival grounds are located at the base of a red sandstone mountain and the St. Vrain River, offering a relaxed and beautiful natural setting. General seating is spread out throughout the open grassy and treed grounds. In addition to these two well-known festival, community concerts and dances continue throughout the year, including weekly summer concerts in Sandstone Park.
If you're looking for more adventure, check out some of the nearby rivers and trails. Mountain biking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, climbing and excellent class II-V whitewater kayaking are just a few of the popular activities that take place in Lyons.