photo by Lisa Truesdale

Sandstone Ranch opened to the public in 2001

What It Is:

In 1859, 22-year-old Morris Coffin settled on 160 acres along the St. Vrain River (on the east side of present-day Longmont), where he grew wheat, oats and other crops. He also established a sandstone quarry and supplied much of his stone to growing towns throughout Colorado. His property eventually grew to more than 400 acres, and in the 1880s he built a second home on the land. Sandstone Ranch opened to the public in 2001.

What’s Cool About It:

The north side of Sandstone Ranch comprises acres of soccer and baseball fields, a skate park and picnic facilities. To the south and east, 188 acres feature nature and walking trails, bike paths, old farm buildings and the historic 1880s home, which serves as a visitors’ center and museum with interactive and interpretive exhibits. From April to October, the visitors’ center hosts free programs and events, and group tours.

Where You’ll Find It:

3001 Highway 119, Longmont. (303) 774-4692;

–By Lisa Truesdale

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