Juxtaposed against a sapphire sky, ancient sandstone cliffs stand sentry over Lyons. Gritty red dust infuses the imagination with bliss and inspiration. Moved by the rustic beauty of the Rocky Mountain Foothills, the confluence of the St. Vrain Creeks, soaring golden eagles, musical river lullabies and hushed starry nights, Lyons has become a mecca of both accomplished and aspiring creatives of all media.

Thousands of yearly visitors make their way through Lyons’ Main Street on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park. Historically known as the “Double Gateway to the Rockies,” Lyons has a unique culture of arts, music, outdoor athletics, and a tight-knit community with a rich cast of revolving characters.
— Jacque Watson, Lyons Native

What's there to do around here? 

Quick info: The Town of Lyons, population approximately 2000, is located at the confluence of the North and South Saint Vrain Creeks, 20 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park and 15 miles north of Boulder. Due to its location at the intersection of State Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 36, both of which lead to Rocky Mountain National Park, it is sometimes referred to as "The Double Gateway to the Rockies."

Recreation: Area recreation includes mountain biking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, climbing and excellent class II-V whitewater rafting. Lyons is bordered by Hall Ranch Open Space and Heil Valley Ranch Open Space. Hall Ranch provides over 12 miles of multi-use trails and consists of 3,206 acres of back country. Heil Valley Ranch consists of 4,923 acres of back country. Trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Picture Rock Trail is 5.5 miles long and connects Heil Valley Ranch trails to Lyons and to Hall Ranch trails. The north end of Picture Rock is at Red Gulch Road; the Old St. Vrain Road and Highway 7 lead to the Hall Ranch Trailhead or Lyons. The south end of Picture Rock is 4.5 miles from the Heil Ranch Trailhead off Lefthand Canyon.

Local industry: The town has large red sandstone mountains on three sides. Its rock, from the Permian period about 260 million years ago, is considered the hardest sandstone in the world, and has a unique red or salmon color. Lyons sandstone can be identified in major architectural projects nationwide. Look for it at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, University of Denver, University of Texas, Denver Botanic Gardens, USGS High Desert Research Center in Reno, Red Rocks Amphitheatre Visitor Center, and more!

In recent years, Lyons has become an ideal destination for weddings. With a half dozen or so unique venues and located just an hour from Denver International Airport, Lyons is the perfect way to enjoy the mountains without requiring guests to travel far from the city. 

Photos on this page appear courtesy of the Town of Lyons. Information appears courtesy of the Town of Lyons and Wikipedia.