Bella Vista Guide Book

Paul
Bella Vista Guide Book

Hiking

Places to see in the close proximity of the house
Golden Ponds Park is conveniently located just 4 miles North-East of us. It's a great place to walk, fish, bird watch, and just enjoy nature. There are all kinds of waterfalls and beavers that we have spotted several times.
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Golden Ponds Park
2651 3rd Avenue
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Golden Ponds Park is conveniently located just 4 miles North-East of us. It's a great place to walk, fish, bird watch, and just enjoy nature. There are all kinds of waterfalls and beavers that we have spotted several times.
Rabbit Mountain Open Space offers a great short but sweet hike/bike trail! With great views of the Flatirons to the Southwest and on the other end of the trail great views of the plains.
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Rabbit Mountain Open Space
15140 N 55th St
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Rabbit Mountain Open Space offers a great short but sweet hike/bike trail! With great views of the Flatirons to the Southwest and on the other end of the trail great views of the plains.
This is beautiful campground. The sites are generously sized with a covered picnic table at each one. It is a quiet, serene landscape. Trails meander through various ponds, all easy flat terrain. Fishing, biking, walking, bird watching. Only downside is that you can hear the interstate off in the distance.
St. Vrain State Park
3525 CO-119
This is beautiful campground. The sites are generously sized with a covered picnic table at each one. It is a quiet, serene landscape. Trails meander through various ponds, all easy flat terrain. Fishing, biking, walking, bird watching. Only downside is that you can hear the interstate off in the distance.
One of the nicest casual walks through a myriad of ponds with big cottonwoods, level paths (wheelchair friendly), tons of waterfowl, eagles, and in the spring blue herons nest in the back area along the St Vrain. Plenty of toilet facilities on both sides of 75th. No need to have to dodge cyclists as it's a no bicycle park
Pella Crossing
One of the nicest casual walks through a myriad of ponds with big cottonwoods, level paths (wheelchair friendly), tons of waterfowl, eagles, and in the spring blue herons nest in the back area along the St Vrain. Plenty of toilet facilities on both sides of 75th. No need to have to dodge cyclists as it's a no bicycle park
This is a classic Boulder lunch or post-work ride. If you're a beginner looking to gain some more technical experience or a skilled MTB veteran, this ride has something for you. Due to the Mesa's elevation and lack of trees, this ride is extremely sun-exposed, bring water! Additionally, this is a very popular trail system. Prepare for encounters with runners, hikers, and other riders. https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7017569/marshall-mesa-to-spring-brook-loop
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Marshall Mesa Trailhead
5258 Eldorado Springs Drive
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This is a classic Boulder lunch or post-work ride. If you're a beginner looking to gain some more technical experience or a skilled MTB veteran, this ride has something for you. Due to the Mesa's elevation and lack of trees, this ride is extremely sun-exposed, bring water! Additionally, this is a very popular trail system. Prepare for encounters with runners, hikers, and other riders. https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7017569/marshall-mesa-to-spring-brook-loop
Starting with Nighthawk Trail and hiking clockwise, you'll start off on a wide, maintained trail and move along to singletrack with various rocks and roots. The first 4.5 miles will be almost exclusively uphill. There are trees scattered around the trail that provide some shade to catch your breath and enjoy the view before soldiering on. Once your reach Nelson Loop, you may go either left or right to connect to Bitterbrush Trail. This route goes to the left. Expect to see cyclists at this point. You'll hit some great downhill singletrack before meeting up with a rocky section. About 7.5 miles in you'll reach the split - left goes to Antelope Trail but stay to the right to keep on Bitterbrush Trail. You'll have 2.5 miles of trail to reach the main trailhead and many technical rocky sections.
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Hall Ranch Trailhead - Bitterbrush
31825 S St Vrain Dr
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Starting with Nighthawk Trail and hiking clockwise, you'll start off on a wide, maintained trail and move along to singletrack with various rocks and roots. The first 4.5 miles will be almost exclusively uphill. There are trees scattered around the trail that provide some shade to catch your breath and enjoy the view before soldiering on. Once your reach Nelson Loop, you may go either left or right to connect to Bitterbrush Trail. This route goes to the left. Expect to see cyclists at this point. You'll hit some great downhill singletrack before meeting up with a rocky section. About 7.5 miles in you'll reach the split - left goes to Antelope Trail but stay to the right to keep on Bitterbrush Trail. You'll have 2.5 miles of trail to reach the main trailhead and many technical rocky sections.
This is a multi-use trail, so expect bikers, equestrians and folks with off-leash dogs. The trails in Boulder Valley Ranch don't have much elevation gain and are much more mellow than other trails in Boulder County's foothills. Eagle Trail runs east and west more or less between US36 and N. 55th Street. The Eagle Trail can be traveled in either direction and a great variety of loops can be formed by using combinations of trails in the Boulder Valley Ranch area. Starting out at Eagle trailhead on N. 55th Street, head west through the gate. The wide dirt road through pastureland is flat here with good views of the foothills and Indian Peaks. In 1/2 mile, turn left at the intersection and hike down a hill that twists south. Pass the dammed pond and begin the mile long, gentle climb through fields of tall grass. After some westward travel through an area with scattered cottonwoods next to an old farmer's irrigation ditch, you'll come to the intersection of the Eagle Trail and the Sage Trail. To stay on the Eagle Trail, stay left (south) and ascend a short, steep path to the top of the mesa. This is the hardest part of the trail and the rocky surface is sometimes eroded. It is soon over though and views from the top of the mesa are great. On top of the mesa, you arrive at a rain shelter at the junction of Eagle Trail and the Mesa Reservoir Trail. To remain on the Eagle Trail, stay right and hike along the northern side of the Mesa Reservoir. Pass the Degge Trail intersection on the left and continue to follow the ridge west. After a few more gates and the intersection with the Old Mill Trail, you come to a trailhead and end of a dirt road. The remainder of the Eagle Trail for bikers is on this dirt road, for foot traffic, the Eagle Trail parallels the dirt road just to it's south. Both parts of the Eagle Trail end at the parking area off Broadway Street.
Eagle Trail
This is a multi-use trail, so expect bikers, equestrians and folks with off-leash dogs. The trails in Boulder Valley Ranch don't have much elevation gain and are much more mellow than other trails in Boulder County's foothills. Eagle Trail runs east and west more or less between US36 and N. 55th Street. The Eagle Trail can be traveled in either direction and a great variety of loops can be formed by using combinations of trails in the Boulder Valley Ranch area. Starting out at Eagle trailhead on N. 55th Street, head west through the gate. The wide dirt road through pastureland is flat here with good views of the foothills and Indian Peaks. In 1/2 mile, turn left at the intersection and hike down a hill that twists south. Pass the dammed pond and begin the mile long, gentle climb through fields of tall grass. After some westward travel through an area with scattered cottonwoods next to an old farmer's irrigation ditch, you'll come to the intersection of the Eagle Trail and the Sage Trail. To stay on the Eagle Trail, stay left (south) and ascend a short, steep path to the top of the mesa. This is the hardest part of the trail and the rocky surface is sometimes eroded. It is soon over though and views from the top of the mesa are great. On top of the mesa, you arrive at a rain shelter at the junction of Eagle Trail and the Mesa Reservoir Trail. To remain on the Eagle Trail, stay right and hike along the northern side of the Mesa Reservoir. Pass the Degge Trail intersection on the left and continue to follow the ridge west. After a few more gates and the intersection with the Old Mill Trail, you come to a trailhead and end of a dirt road. The remainder of the Eagle Trail for bikers is on this dirt road, for foot traffic, the Eagle Trail parallels the dirt road just to it's south. Both parts of the Eagle Trail end at the parking area off Broadway Street.

Sport and Activities

Tucked between Boulder and Longmont at the foot of the foothills, Lake Valley Golf Club is one of Boulder County’s most sought-after golf courses in Colorado.
Lake Valley Golf Club
Tucked between Boulder and Longmont at the foot of the foothills, Lake Valley Golf Club is one of Boulder County’s most sought-after golf courses in Colorado.

Food and Beverages

Oskar Blues’ passion for cycling (CYCL) and craft beer (HOPS) is the inspiration behind CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina. CYCLHOPS is committed to using locally-grown and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients. The creative taqueria-inspired menu features unique flavor combinations, authentic taco-makin’ techniques and delicious takes on traditional Mexican food. From handmade tortillas to farm-fresh meats and vegetables, all of the dishes are craft-inspired, and fresh is never compromised for fast. The CANtina has 20 rotating taps pouring everything from Oskar Blues cores to seasonal sours and everything in between and a line-up of 43 premium tequilas and handmade margaritas
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CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina
600 South Airport Road
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Oskar Blues’ passion for cycling (CYCL) and craft beer (HOPS) is the inspiration behind CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina. CYCLHOPS is committed to using locally-grown and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients. The creative taqueria-inspired menu features unique flavor combinations, authentic taco-makin’ techniques and delicious takes on traditional Mexican food. From handmade tortillas to farm-fresh meats and vegetables, all of the dishes are craft-inspired, and fresh is never compromised for fast. The CANtina has 20 rotating taps pouring everything from Oskar Blues cores to seasonal sours and everything in between and a line-up of 43 premium tequilas and handmade margaritas
Since 1993 Avery brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles ​and​ categories. The beers are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness.
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Avery Brewing Company
4910 Nautilus Court North
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Since 1993 Avery brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles ​and​ categories. The beers are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness.
Proto’s Pizza was being recognized in many publications including Bon Appetit magazine. The Pizza experience had been elevated to table service, linen napkins, and delicious wines with a full bar to make it a true dining and every single item on their menu is absolutely amazing. Highly Recommended!
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Proto's Pizza-Longmont
600 S Airport Rd
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Proto’s Pizza was being recognized in many publications including Bon Appetit magazine. The Pizza experience had been elevated to table service, linen napkins, and delicious wines with a full bar to make it a true dining and every single item on their menu is absolutely amazing. Highly Recommended!
Can't say enough good things about this place. The sushi is so good and fresh. The staff is very friendly and always there to make sure your getting the best experience possible!
Sakura Japanese Cuisine
600 S Airport Rd
Can't say enough good things about this place. The sushi is so good and fresh. The staff is very friendly and always there to make sure your getting the best experience possible!
Sugarbeet is a wonderful spot for a romantic dinner for two or for meeting friends and business associates. Reservations are strongly recommended as our restaurant has limited seating. There is a wonderful patio for outdoor dining and cocktails when weather permits.
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Sugarbeet
101 Pratt Street
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Sugarbeet is a wonderful spot for a romantic dinner for two or for meeting friends and business associates. Reservations are strongly recommended as our restaurant has limited seating. There is a wonderful patio for outdoor dining and cocktails when weather permits.

Grocery shopping

Sprouts is the grocery shopping experience that makes healthy living easy and affordable. The grocery stores offer fresh, natural and organic foods and products at reasonable prices – and in an approachable setting that feels like an old-fashioned farmers market. You'll find mountains of colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, and full-service deli, meat and seafood counters—complete with handmade burgers and sausages. Roam around the spacious, low-profile aisles and you'll find fresh baked goods, tasty and convenient, ready-to-eat meals, gourmet cheeses, sensibly priced vitamins and supplements, and thousands of natural, organic and gluten-free groceries.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
1101 South Hover Road
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Sprouts is the grocery shopping experience that makes healthy living easy and affordable. The grocery stores offer fresh, natural and organic foods and products at reasonable prices – and in an approachable setting that feels like an old-fashioned farmers market. You'll find mountains of colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, and full-service deli, meat and seafood counters—complete with handmade burgers and sausages. Roam around the spacious, low-profile aisles and you'll find fresh baked goods, tasty and convenient, ready-to-eat meals, gourmet cheeses, sensibly priced vitamins and supplements, and thousands of natural, organic and gluten-free groceries.
King Soopers offers thousands of quality food and household products from multiple brands and companies. From fresh produce, meats and seafood to dairy, home goods and pharmaceutical needs.
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King Soopers
995 South Hover Road
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King Soopers offers thousands of quality food and household products from multiple brands and companies. From fresh produce, meats and seafood to dairy, home goods and pharmaceutical needs.
Whole Foods Market engages in the retailing business of natural and organic foods. It operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company's products include beverages, body care, snacks, frozen, pantry staples, supplements and gift baskets and also eco-scaling cleaning products.
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Whole Foods Market
1250 S Hover Rd
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Whole Foods Market engages in the retailing business of natural and organic foods. It operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company's products include beverages, body care, snacks, frozen, pantry staples, supplements and gift baskets and also eco-scaling cleaning products.
Longtime supermarket chain carrying brand-name & house-label groceries, plus a deli, bakery & other.
Safeway
1050 Ken Pratt Boulevard
Longtime supermarket chain carrying brand-name & house-label groceries, plus a deli, bakery & other.

Things to Do

Mile Hi Skydiving Center is Colorado’s best and largest skydiving facility with more than 35,000 jumps made annually! Mile Hi Skydiving is the only full-time skydiving operation within 100 miles of the Denver-Boulder area (12 miles from Boulder and 35 from Denver). They also have the largest fleet of full time twin engine jet-prop aircraft within several states capable of producing hundreds of jumps per day!
Mile-Hi Skydiving Center, Inc.
229 Airport Road
Mile Hi Skydiving Center is Colorado’s best and largest skydiving facility with more than 35,000 jumps made annually! Mile Hi Skydiving is the only full-time skydiving operation within 100 miles of the Denver-Boulder area (12 miles from Boulder and 35 from Denver). They also have the largest fleet of full time twin engine jet-prop aircraft within several states capable of producing hundreds of jumps per day!
The height of summer is calling for ways to cool off and Longmont’s Union Reservoir is a great place to experience all kinds of water recreation. Offering stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard has all you need for the perfect summer adventure.
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Calkins Lake
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The height of summer is calling for ways to cool off and Longmont’s Union Reservoir is a great place to experience all kinds of water recreation. Offering stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard has all you need for the perfect summer adventure.
Longmont is home to the Art of Cheese, a cheese-making school where classes are offered for beginners to experts and everything in between. The class schedule is always posted here (https://theartofcheese.com/events/). Cheese Importers is housed in a french-inspired bistro and artisan market is a walk-in refrigerator of cheese, charcuterie and gourmet foods from around the world. They feature over 300 different selections of cheese! Cheese Importers is a must-see!
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Cheese Importers
103 Main Street
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Longmont is home to the Art of Cheese, a cheese-making school where classes are offered for beginners to experts and everything in between. The class schedule is always posted here (https://theartofcheese.com/events/). Cheese Importers is housed in a french-inspired bistro and artisan market is a walk-in refrigerator of cheese, charcuterie and gourmet foods from around the world. They feature over 300 different selections of cheese! Cheese Importers is a must-see!