Nestled close to the mountains, north of Boulder and west of Longmont, Lyons was founded in the 1880's by E.S. Lyons and was carved from the surrounding red sandstone by many of the town's stone masons.
The town bought 160 acres of land that was formed into the Evans Townsite Co. and the Lyons Rock and Lime Quarry. The railroad extended into the small community in 1884, and by 1891 it was a municipality. The red sandstone has been used all over the U.S., but the most visible signs locally are the buildings on the University of Colorado campus.
Today, a cluster of 15 sandstone buildings has been designated as a historic district. Lyons is known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and has many attractive small-town qualities with antique and art shops, homegrown restaurants, and two riverfront parks. The town has about 2,000 residents, but swells each summer when the Lyons Planet Bluegrass Festival is presented. In addition the town sponsors great art shows and city wide events.
For more information visit the city's Chamber of Commerce Website.