Thirty minutes east and 2,500 feet downhill from Estes Park, this town hosts a bunch of funky shops, restaurants, and events. On the main drag if you’re coming from Denver, Boulder, Longmont, or Greeley, it’s a great place to stop for a beer, burger, or concert.
Lyons Lodging, Dining, and Events
The town is small enough to drive in about 7 minutes, but for listings that include calendars and a few finds tucked away in the outskirts go to lyons-colorado.com.
5 Things to Do in Lyons, Colorado
1. Listen to World-Class Folk Music
On July 27-29, the 40th annual RockyGrass music festival will entertain thousands in a sylvan venue beside the St. Vrain River. Reserve tickets early, because it typically sells out, and arrive well before noon each day to claim the best spot for your blanket and picnic basket. Previous lineups have included Earl Scruggs, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Waifs, Steve Earle, and Nickel Creek. Tickets and info: bluegrass.com/rockygrass
2. Drink The World’s First Canned Microbrew
Oskar Blues might be the most popular burger joint and microbrewery on the Front Range, and it’s the proud maker of award-winning Dale’s Pale Ale. The deck is made for lazy summer afternoons (slather on the sunscreen), and the downstairs features live blues music at night. Tip: Order the buffalo burger and upgrade to sweet potato fries.
3. Float Past Town on the St. Vrain River
Most locals bring their own tubes, but you can buy one for $10 at a gas station. Prime time is early August, when the water is warm and running not too high, not too low.
4. Mountain Bike a Scenic Singletrack
Just south of town on CO 7, Hall Ranch offers sweet mountain biking, with technical climbs and exhilarating high-country loops through wildflowers and fragrant spruce forest. Bring your bike or rent in Lyons or Boulder.
5. Relax With a Cuppa Joe
The Stone Cup (High Street) is like Cheers for the coffee crowd: a place where everyone seems to know each other and where the mood is always friendly. We love the cinnamon rolls, which sell out almost instantly, and the Bhakti chai, a spicy tea and milk concoction that’s only found locally.