Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the town of Lyons is a unique place to stop and stay awhile.
This small, intimate community is known as the Double Gateway to the Rockies for its dual highways that take you up the North and South St. Vrain Canyons to Rocky Mountain National Park (just 20 miles west) and beyond.
A mecca for artists, outdoor enthusiasts and musicians, Lyons has a variety of things to offer. Many restaurants, bars and coffeehouses feature live music, and the town has become popular for its music festivals.
Enjoy regional and national acts at Rocky Grass in July and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in August, held at Planet Bluegrass where the North St. Vrain Creek winds through the festival grounds — making for cool, relaxed outdoor music experiences. If you can't make it to town for the two larger music fests, the Wildflower Concert Series has events at the legendary venue almost year-round.
Belly up to the bar for a refreshing Dale's Pale Ale at the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew on Lyon's Main Street, also a favorite joint for live music and tasty barbecue.
Adventurists can mountain bike Hall Ranch, rock climb at Button Rock or kayak the whitewater park in Meadow Park. Float on a tube down the North St. Vrain Creek, off-road up Bunce School Road near Allenspark or hike around Rabbit Mountain.
For a unique place to stay, consider the Weecasa Tiny House Resort, where you can make your HGTV-tiny-home dreams come true by slumbering in charming 135- to 365-square-foot casas.
The visitor center in Sandstone Park has complete information about nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, places to stay and eat, maps of the area, hiking destinations, campgrounds and local events.