The Town of Superior began as a coal mining community in the 1800’s and remained a tiny town of about 250 people until the 1980s, when the suburban developments of Rock Creek Ranch began. Superior continues to grow, with new homes being built now in the recently developed town center. The town has become a hot spot for families looking for great public schools (all within Boulder Valley School District), a short commute and outdoor lifestyle all in a small community. As far as education goes, Superior public schools are part of Colorado’s most sought after districts, Boulder Valley School District. Superior’s public schools are highly rated not only by parents, but by teachers, paying teachers the highest salaries in the state. Superior was named one of the country’s Best Places to be a Kid in 2015 in Money Magazine, citing the local education system as well as access to outdoor recreation opportunities. In 2019, the town was ranked #2 Suburb to live in America by Niche, earning A+ marks in various categories including health & fitness, education, public schools & outdoor activities. Superior is also heralded for its close proximity to Boulder, but it’s relative affordability compared to living in the city. Here are 10 of the many reasons to love Superior, Colorado.
#1 Beautiful, Rolling Open Space & Green Space
Although Superior is a small town, about four square miles, it has 630 acres of parks, green space and open space. The best part of this community land is the 35 miles of walking and biking trails. The communities in Superior have been developed to allow all of its residents easy access to the trail system.
#2 Community Arbor Day Celebration
Superior has several fun community events, beginning in the springtime with its Arbor Day celebration. The community will come together to plant trees, play games and enjoy the town’s beautiful parks. The day includes food and coffee, fun festival activities and educational and eco-friendly vendors.
#3 National Trails Day
During the summer, Superior celebrates National Trails Day by hosting a day to discover, learn and have fun on the Superior trail system. The Open Space Advisory Committee organizes the event, beginning with a bike ride along Superior’s trails, a presentation of raptors with Hawk Quest, and more.
#4 Forth of July Parade & Pancake Festival
Superior hosts an annual 4th of July Parade & Pancake Festival! The Superior Downhill Mile starts off the 4th of July festivities with the fastest street mile in the United States. Then, the town comes together for the community parade and pancake breakfast, as well as a vendor market with live music, inflatables for kids and more.
#5 Sport Stable
Superior is home to one of Colorado’s largest sports facilities, the Sport Stable. The building has two NHL-sized hockey rinks, in addition to universal ball courts, indoor golf, batting cages, an adult fitness facility, over twenty locker rooms and community rooms. For sports parents, there is a coffee shop as well as restaurants.
#6 Superior’s Immersive Art Festival, The Main Event
Superior’s newest event is an immersive arts festival called The Main Event, hosted by the Town of Superior Cultural Arts and Public Spaces Advisory Committee. A colorful, quirky, natural spectacle! The festival features a collection of immersive arts experiences to explore, topped off by music, food trucks, and beer and wine garden.
#7 Superior’s Superior Parks
Superior’s beautiful parks are scattered throughout the community, with 12 playgrounds, three multipurpose fields, three baseball fields, two outdoor pools, a skate park and more.
#8 Superior Chili Fest
Superior also hosts the Chili Fest every fall, featuring great chili samples and food, local vendors, a FREE Kids Zone area and more! Chili samples are generously provided by the local cooks and are distributed first come-first served.