Welcome to Highlands Ranch / Littleton
Active suburban towns for family life.
Highlands Ranch and Littleton are two popular neighborhoods in the southwestern suburbs of Denver. Residents of these two neighborhoods love the best of both worlds: a peaceful suburb where you can live close to nature and work while enjoying all the benefits of living in a large city.
Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great quality of life and amenities. The Highlands Ranch community has been named by NerdWallet as one of the best places to raise families in Colorado, recognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids.
Littleton embodies a strong sense of community through its historic downtown, active trail system and numerous community events. There are more than 59 parks and open spaces. Two light rail stations offer easy access to Downtown Denver or explore the Rockies within 30 minutes.
Not only has Littleton ranked the #2 Best Small City in America by Wallethub.com, but 95 percent of people surveyed in Littleton say their quality of life is either excellent or good. Littleton is famous for its small-town feel with plenty of weekend activities. While built more recently, Highlands Ranch has a similar feeling with the added bonus of an HOA that includes four facilities.
Both Highlands ranch and Littleton are great places to raise families. They boast a high-quality life with excellent schools, numerous parks and trails, and are well-connected to the city while being close to the Front Range.
What to Love
- Family life in a suburban ambiance
- Close-knit community feel
- Active neighborhoods
- Many beautiful parks and trails
Residents love living here because they can raise families in an easygoing ambiance full of the city's amenities. Families are known to find outdoor activities year-round and it is not uncommon to see children involved in neighborhood runs in all seasons. There are numerous dining options and the Highlands Ranch HOA hosts numerous entertainment events throughout the year.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Highlands Ranch and Littleton are famous for their eclectic mix of restaurants, from fast-food joints to fine dining and top bars. These neighborhoods are a splendid choice if you're looking for a dining and entertainment base close to all your favorite spots. Palenque Cocina Y Agaveria is a family-owned Mexican restaurant known for its traditional cuisines with authentic flavors and fresh ingredients. Another local favorite in Downtown Littleton is Café Terracotta.
If you're in the mood for some high-quality brews, Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton is an excellent option. The brewery features a seasonal menu with some fixed items, both in terms of food as well as beer. It has an inviting atmosphere and is a classic hangout for small or large gatherings indoors and outdoors. If you are curious about how beer is made, they also offer tours.
Another popular option is the Dirt Coffee bar. It's a local favorite in Littleton, offering fantastic coffee drinks and known for its mission to employ and empower neurodivergent individuals. The atmosphere is casual but still elegant enough to impress your guests. They serve quality crafted coffee drinks, delicious locally-sourced food, including gluten-free and vegan options. It's also an excellent place to meet up with friends or family to relax.
Things to Do
Highlands Ranch and Littleton are full of rich culture and known for their fantastic holiday festivals and glorious events. They are popular spots for outdoor enthusiasts who love hiking or biking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Littleton Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting is an event in Downtown Littleton where you can enjoy holiday music from local musicians and performers followed by a parade and the lighting of the trees that line Main Street.
The Independence Day Parade and Fireworks in Highlands Ranch is another popular event known for lighting up the sky for several decades. The event draws people from all over the area every year with free admission and is open to the public. Another popular event is Weekends on Main in Littleton. The event highlights live music, local businesses, local vendors and restaurants, and street performers all on Main Street during summer weekends.
Other popular activities adults and children can't afford to miss are the Highlands Ranch Race Series. These events are open to runners of all ages and abilities, with prizes for first place overall and age group winners. The race series features a mountain bike series, race series volunteers, race sponsorships, 5K and 10K runs, and one-mile fun run for children.