Outdoor Activities

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It is nearly impossible to run out of outdoor activities in Boulder. Whether it is hiking or kayaking, there is something for the outdoor lover in all of us. Boulder keeps individuals of all ages on the move. Take a 1,300 foot climb above the city to Flagstaff Mountain at 7,000 feet or try the gentler Settler's Park Trails west of Pearl Street.

Beautiful Boulder Creek and the Boulder Creek Path run right through downtown Boulder.  The creek path is a 5.5 mile stretch of trail passing through downtown and provides fun that both children and adults can enjoy. Whether it be a casual stroll between 8th and 21st streets or a bike ride following the creek’s  lush banks, there is something for every appetite.  Boulder Creek isn’t all about jogging, running, or biking either, along the path people of all ages enjoy picnicking, fishing, tubing, or just simply taking a dip in the fresh water of Boulder Creek. With all of these activities,  it comes as no surprise that Boulder was rated the #1 Sports Town in America, and #1 Most Bike Friendly by Outside Magazine.

Overlooking our downtown, Chautauqua trailhead and park is the gateway to the Flatirons. This place is a favorite among locals for hiking, picnicking, biking, rock climbing, and more!  Chautauqua is conveniently located just a mile and a half from downtown Boulder, at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. Chautauqua offers breathtaking scenic views, a dining hall, a concert hall and cabins and trails galore. During the beautiful summer months Chautauqua hosts the Colorado Music Festival. Here, people of all ages can take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying chamber and music ensembles from talents across the globe. So whether you’re an outdoorsy person or a music enthusiast Chautauqua has it all! 

Boulder wouldn’t be the #1 Sports Town without its outdoor playgrounds, such as Eldorado and Boulder Canyon. SmartTravel.com listed Eldorado Canyon as one of the 10 State Parks you can’t miss. Here you can hike, fish, bike, cross-country ski, climb, hunt, ride horses and picnic. Eldorado Canyon is one of the top climbing destinations in the world with over 500 technical rock climbing routes.  Boulder Canyon also offers world class climbing as well as fishing, and hiking.  In Boulder Canyon, visit Boulder Falls which is fed by mountain snow melt from North Boulder Creek.  This 70 foot drop into Middle Boulder Creek is a true spectacle. Just minutes west of Boulder, Boulder Canyon provides a nice haven from the heat during the height of summer.

Another famous Colorado attraction, Rocky Mountain National Park, is just 40 miles from Boulder (approximately a one hour drive). Simply take US-36 West (called 28th Street in Boulder) through Estes Park into Rocky Mountain National Park to view some of the most spectacular peaks in North America.

So come visit Downtown Boulder and let us be your jumping off point for over 300 miles of biking trails, 45,000 acres of open space, and over 300 days of sunshine!

Map & Outdoor Links

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Downtown Boulder/1942 Broadway, Suite 301/Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303.449.3774/Fax: 303.449.1582