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Must See & Do: Day Trip

Lyons is home to several beautiful parks, which each provide endless opportunities for new adventure. Some sections of the St. Vrain attract world-class athletes for it's high-action flow, while other sections provide great conditions for tubing with the family. Whatever floats your boat, we're sure that once you get a taste, you won't want to leave! So pack your bags, grab the whole crew, and stay all weekend! The fun awaits in Lyons.

  • 1. LaVern Johnson Park

    Bounded on three sides by the North St. Vrain Creek and sandstone cliffs, LaVern M. Johnson Park is a year-round community favorite. With an abundance of recreational opportunities, such as picnic areas, RV and tent camping, playground areas, the Lyons Whitewater Park, a splash pad, and an ice rink in the winter, the park is the perfect getaway to escape, and take in the beauty of Lyons!

    The Whitewater Park beckons to kayakers and tubers to drop in and go for a ride. The quarter-mile horseshoe-shape park has 8 features that are spread out and contain big pools and eddies.

    LaVern Johnson Park is also home to wonderful picnic areas and shelter facilities that can be rented for events or parties.The park also has RV camping with full hookups that runs year-round, as well as tent camping, which is available April 1 through October 15.

    Head over to the LaVern M. Johnson Park page to book a camping spot or reserve a shelter for the day!

  • 2. Black Bear Hole

    Just off Highway 36/66 and across from the Black Bear Inn you will find two word class kayaking play holes that are home to Lyons Outdoor Games and avid kayakers around the country. This roadside oasis is an excellent spot to take a break and picnic with your family while enjoying the beautiful St. Vrain River and all that it has to offer. A frequent stop for fishermen and tubers as well, this spot has it all. The first feature has been dubbed the Black Bear Hole and is considered to be a beginner to intermediate spot. Approximately thirty yards downstream is the second hole, named the A-hole. This feature is more advanced and often sees kayakers from around the state and country travel to pull tricks like the Air Loop, Phonics Monkey, Space Godzilla, McNasty, and Flip Flop. A must visit on your trip to Lyons!

  • 3. Bohn Park

    Just south of the confluence of the North and South St. Vrain Creeks, this beautiful 40-acre park is at the tail-end of restoration, after the 2013 flood. Once complete, Bohn Park will offer users a multitude of recreational opportunities, including multi-use trails, baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, multi-use soccer field, playground, Lyons Dirt Jump Skills Park for bikes, shelter facility and picnic areas, and Bohn Bark Off-Leash Dog Area - a pet designated area for dogs to run off leash. In addition, there is adequate river access that allows for fishing along the river. Recent river improvements have made Bohn Park another great place to just take a dip in the warm summer. Bohn Park provides a perfect backdrop for a day of fun.