Summer days are long and ideal for exploring new places. While Boulder is home to 150 miles of trails and 45,000 acres of open space, this is the perfect time of year to leave the bubble and see what lies just beyond it.
Enter beautiful Button Rock Preserve. Located just seven miles west of Lyons, this protected watershed is managed and maintained by the City of Longmont. The preserve is comprised of pristine forest, meadow, and both the Longmont and Ralph Price Reservoirs, which provide water to the City of Longmont.
A lollipop-shaped trail allows visitors access to this peaceful sanctuary and all of its surprises. Hikers will enjoy the sights and sounds of North St. Vrain Creek, glimpses of majestic Mount Meeker and Longs Peak, the serenity of Ralph Price Reservoir, and the chance to observe the inner workings of a powerful dam.
Button Rock Preserve offers all this and more, in exchange for a scenic 45-minute drive from Boulder. Bonus: You’ll pass Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons on your way back to town. This is the perfect place for a post-hike lunch featuring some of Colorado’s best local beer.
Let’s leave the bubble and hike Button Rock Preserve.
Button Rock Preserve sustained severe damage in the September 2013 floods. The area has since undergone significant recovery and restoration efforts. After being closed for 643 days, Button Rock Preserve reopened to the public in June 2015.