Lyons is a charming small town (population of just over 2,000), complete with regular carnivals, parades and a delightful culinary scene. Lyons boasts a wide array of colorful highlights, including the RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival held each summer, ice skating rinks in the winter, and lots of antique stores for year-round entertainment. And with the great outdoors in your backyard, each piece of Lyons real estate comes complete with easy access to Colorado's majestic landscape.
Formed in the 1880s as a quarry town, Lyons has become famous for its red flag stone, which has been used to build several of the CU buildings, as well as for many construction and landscaping projects worldwide. Many of these quarries are still operating today. The town itself is home to fifteen sandstone structures, and has a strong Historical Society dedicated to preserving these magnificent reminders of the town's origin.
Lyons real estate offers great outdoor destinations to capture the best of Colorado's invigorating climate, such as the "old swimming hole" of the St. Vrain River, situated in one of many nice parks. Hiking trails crisscross throughout the active community, culminating at Heil Ranch and Hall Ranch, providing over 12 miles of multi-use trails and 8,000 acres of back country combined. Nearby Rabbit Mountain offers a breathtaking view of the Continental Divide, and is home to a diverse collection of animal and plant life, including the Golden Eagle.
For even more of an adventure, only twenty minutes away is Rocky Mountain National Park – Lyons' location at the intersection of State Highway 7 and U.S. 36 has earned it the nickname "The Double Gateway to the Rockies". Lyons is also twenty minutes away from Estes Park, making it prime Colorado real estate for those looking for a peaceful, uncongested community just minutes away from some of the greatest sights in Colorado.
In 1880, E.S. Lyon and his wife Adeline moved to what would become the town of Lyons, Colorado. Lyon purchased 160 acres of land, noting the potential opportunities to mine the abundant red sandstone in the area. Although he was not successful in his business venture and moved to California a few years later, the sandstone quarries would become Lyons’ main export. The Denver, Utah and Pacific Railroad built a narrow-gauge track to the town in 1884, allowing easier, more accessible transportation options for the miners. Lyons’ beautiful red sandstone was shipped all over the country, including Chicago and New York before the invention of cement decimated the industry in 1910. The demand for sandstone grew again in the 1930’s when it’s value for decorative purposes increased.
Today Lyons’ sandstone industry is booming and ships worldwide. With its intersecting highways 7 and 36, it’s often called “The Double Gateway to the Rockies”. Its close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, coupled with its small-town atmosphere and popular local events, makes Lyons a great place to live and work.