Discover Longmont, one of the pearls in a string along the Front Range.
Townsfolk have long appreciated its history, having named one of its city parks for President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt used his executive power to establish the first
national parks. Congress also got into the act, but Roosevelt is the reason we have this abundance of maintained parks and forests. The ancient ruins at Mesa Verde are but one of the great treasures our 26th president chose to preserve for future generations.
And there is Rocky Mountain National Park, a wonderful playground for families.
I started a campaign to bring attention to the legacy that is Longmont, Colorado. The
marketing piece above calls attention to our good fortune to live so close to so much
Dad was an outdoorsman. He returned from the war, bought a Jeep from Army surplus and disappeared into the wilderness. Of course, he eventually returned after about a year and married Mom. My childhood had frequent ventures into the forests. Six of us sisters were packed along with Dad’s gear and we set off for lakes, streams and forests. Camping with my siblings is one the great memories of my childhood. Even before I married, my Dad went out to visit my future husband in Farmington, New Mexico.
We toured Mesa Verde. When Dad brought Mom back we also ventured over to Chaco Canyon. We spent numerous outings finding hidden away places in the foothills and low mountains. We also traveled up to Walden, Grandby and Trail Ridge Road. Now that my parents are gone, the family still has to make a visit twice a year or more to Rocky Mountain National Park and the tiny shops at Estes.
No wonder, Roosevelt was smitten. Roosevelt started it. Others have followed, and oh
the work they have done. This is God’s country, we all say. But it takes an army of
people to support preservation of wildlife and these great mountains. Please support
these efforts and when you visit, take care to leave these areas so future visitors
can enjoy them, too.
Today, I share some information of the legacy we enjoy here in Longmont.
Longmont is minutes away from these great parks and forests.
Check out Rocky Mountain National Park
(highly recommended for families)
YMCA of the Rockies
(highly recommended for families)
Roosevelt National Forest:
I’m proud to say that Boulder County is involved in honoring a tradition of
keeping lands preserved. Boulder County has committed itself to identifying and
preserving the rich history of the county. County staff and the Historic Preservation
Advisory Board assist property owners in researching their property history. There is a
Historic Landmark Rehabilitation Grant Program that provides funding for rehabilitation
of locally designated landmarks. Here are more sites. Local, county, state and federal
government all maintain these treasures.
Check out the Betasso Preserve
Check out the Flagstaff Summit Trailhead
Check out Walden Ponds
(Easy afternoon outing)
The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
preservation of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
In Longmont, check out:
Cycling, Trails Map
Map of Longmont parks
The wilds don’t get all of the attention, though. Indeed there is more to this place called
Longmont and many work on keeping historic structures preserved. The city of Longmont currently has more than 122 designated historic structures.
Longmont has two nationally registered historic districts. These districts recognize
that areas of the city have special character and interest. These districts exemplify
outstanding elements of the city’s heritage.