About Commerce City/Brighton
From its beginning as a junction for railroads and highways, Commerce City has always meant business. Today, it’s one of the state’s fastest-growing cities thanks to its proximity to Denver International Airport, the Shops at Northfield Stapleton, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (home of the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer Club) and a revitalizing historic downtown.
The City of Brighton, located in Adams County in the northeastern corner of Colorado, is a cozy suburb of Denver. Sitting along the banks of the South Platte River, Brighton offers its 35,000 residents with a small-town atmosphere with all the luxuries and amenities of a larger city. Boasting crime rates well below the national average, the city is an ideal place to raise a family or spend your retirement. Its culturally diverse population complements its rich history and offers residents with a colorful community to call home.
This small Colorado suburb was first founded in the 1870’s as a farming community and railroad depot. When driving through the city today, its rich history can be witnessed firsthand in the architecture and style of the buildings and homes. New construction, however, is ever present in the region. The charming mix of traditional and modern styles truly makes Brighton one of a kind.
Several Colorado towns have benefited from the federal government handing over land to local authorities, and Commerce City is no exception. The city’s 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest urban nature preserves in the country, with wildlife ranging from bison, owls, mule deer and bald eagles. It’s also one of the few remaining short-grass prairies in existence.
Things to do:
Every year, Brighton hosts the Adams County Fair, in which during past years, an infamous tomato-throwing contest painted contestants and parts of the town red.
Today, one of Brighton’s most popular attractions is the Murray Maize Maze. This corn maze, shaped like a bear and two wolves, features four miles of twisting trails across 15 acres of tall corn. For outdoor pursuits, enthusiasts head to Brighton’s own day-use facility: Barr Lake State Park. Here visitors can partake in wildlife viewing, jogging, horseback-riding, biking, fishing and boating (on the north side of the lake only small boats are allowed). Home to the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, with more than 300 different species, Barr Lake is also a birder’s paradise. Find some of the best views from the lakeside gazebo, where even red fox and deer can be spotted.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Northfield Stapleton is a festive, open-air, shopping and dining experience unique to Denver. At its center, filled with amenities, is a lively Main Street lined with local boutiques, national brands and tasty restaurants. And just beyond Main Street, are the big stores: Super Target, Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and more. Plus, state-of-the-art movie entertainment at the family owned Harkins Theatre Northfield 18, and the top names in comedy at The Improv.
The Shops at Conservatory Green are conveniently located on Northfield Boulevard and Valentia St. right next to Conservatory Green Plaza. Whether you love burgers, pizza, or Asian food you will find something to your liking.
The current restaurants that are open include Jersey Mike’s Subs,Tokyo Joe’s, Five Guys Burgers, Torchy’s Tacos, and Cuba Cuba and Intersections Coffee. Restaurants aren’t the only businesses there, you will also find Great Clips, dental services and the MCA opened their second location at the end of 2016. So get a haircut, pick up some lunch and enjoy a day on the green. View the full list of retailers.
Eastbridge Town Center is a collection of boutique restaurants and salon and fitness studios. These locally owned businesses are passionate about what they do and they are here to serve you. The current restaurants that are open include Cattivella Wood Fired Italian, Concourse Restaurant Moderne, Next Door American Eatery, Hashtag, and Los Chingones. Still to come The Constellation Ice Cream.