Area Information Lakewood Civic Center (Courtesy of Jeffrey Beall)
Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and just 10 minutes west of downtown Denver, Lakewood is ideally situated to take advantage of urban and backcountry fun. Colorado's fifth largest city is a playground for hikers, bikers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts, with 80 miles of hiking and biking trails and more than 7,000 acres of park and open space. And, it's just a 30-minute drive to ski country.
Lakewood also balances a quaint, small-town feel with big-city culture. You can stroll the shops and restaurants in the Belmar area, visit the 40 West Arts thriving arts district or take in a performance at the Lakewood Community Center.
One of Lakewood's most unique attractions, however is Casa Bonita, a Mexican-themed restaurant that attracts over one million visitors a year with its cliff divers, flame jugglers and 30-foot waterfall.
There are plenty of affordable indoor excursions as well, including free tours of traditional malting, brewing and packaging processes at the historic Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, only about 10 miles from downtown Lakewood.
Ice rink in Belmar (Courtesy of Todd Carpenter) Renting in Lakewood, CO
Apartments for rent in Lakewood are typically more affordable than those in nearby Denver. Given its location in the metro Denver area and its close proximity to Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Littleton, you can compare prices and the amenities that each city offers to find an apartment that best fits your lifestyle and budget.
Lakewood Outdoor Attractions Bear Creek Lake Park ? A 2,600-acre park with a large fishing lake, hiking and biking trails, and a summer water-skiing concessionaire.
Hayden Park on Green Mountain ? Hike to the 6,800-foot summit and enjoy the wildlife and views of downtown Denver and the Rockies.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre ? Enjoy the natural beauty and acoustics of this renowned music venue formed in sandstone, just a 10-minute drive southwest.
Dinosaur Ridge ? Near Green Mountain, Dinosaur Ridge is one of the world's most famous locations for dinosaur fossils.