FireFall at the Festival on Main St. in Longmont (Courtesy of Patrick Hurley)
Repeatedly recognized for its can't-beat quality of life, Longmont offers more than 300 days of sunshine and awe-inspiring views of the Rocky Mountains to the west. The second-largest city in Boulder County, Longmont is known for its bicycle-friendly nature, vibrant restaurant scene and six local breweries. With 1,500 acres of parks and open space, and more than 30 miles of lakes, reservoirs and waterways, renting in Longmont means outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of recreational opportunities right in the community. If you prefer wheeled or four-legged activities, head to one five skate parks and two dog parks in the area.
Longmont offers a variety of housing options, including mixed-use living that promotes a 'live-work-play' lifestyle. There's the creative district in downtown Longmont, and, just south, Colorado's first New Urbanist community, Prospect New Town.
For weekend trips or workday commutes, the Regional Transportation District's light rail system provides easy connections to Denver, which is 37 miles away, and Boulder, which is only 16 miles away.
Apartments for rent in Longmont are significantly less expensive than in the Boulder metro area.
Longmont Outdoor Attractions
Sandstone Ranch Park ? A 313-acre community park and nature preserve with an adventure playground, a skate park and plenty of trails.Union Reservoir Park ? One of the few natural lakes in Colorado, offering 736 acres of boating, fishing and swimming.Hall Ranch and Heil Ranch ? Red rock hiking and biking trails with beautiful views and historic freemasonry structures.Rocky Mountain National Park ? Only 38 miles from downtown Longmont, this natural treasure offers unparalleled views and opportunities for outdoor recreation of all kinds.