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“Boulder's brilliance as a world-class recreation mecca is etched in stone as dramatically as the magnificent Flatirons rise from the rolling Colorado plains.
- David Iler, Cyberwest Magazine, “A separate reality thrives in Boulder, Colorado”
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, from one of Boulder’s 1,300 foot climb above the city bringing you to 7,000 feet on Flagstaff Mountain, to the gentler Red Rock Trails west of Pearl Street.
Beautiful Boulder Creek and the Boulder Creek Trail runs right through downtown Boulder. A 10 mile stretch of trail passing through downtown provides fun that both children and adults can enjoy. Whether it be a casualstroll between 4th and 13th street, a little more adventurous trek up through Settlers’ Park to Mt. Sanitas, or a bike ride following the creek’s lush banks it has something for every appetite. Boulder Creek isn’t all about jogging, running, or biking on the trail either, here people of all ages enjoy picnicking, fishing, tubing, or just simply taking a dip in the fresh Boulder Creek water. With all these activities at Boulder Creek, it comes to no surprise that Boulder was rated the #1 Sports Town in America, and #1 Most Bike Friendly by Outside Magazine.
Overlooking our downtown, Chautauqua is the gateway to the Flatiron Mountains. This is a favorite among the locals for hiking, picnicking, biking, rock climbing, or just a relaxing scenic drive. Chautauqua is conveniently located just a mile and a half from downtown Boulder, at the base of the beautiful Flatiron Mountains. Chautauqua offers breathtaking scenic views, dining hall, concert hall, 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! There's even walking tours available through Boulder Walking Tours.
The Rocky Mountains. Boulder wouldn’t be the #1 Sports Town without its outdoor playgrounds, such as Eldorado and Boulder Canyons. Smartertravel.com listed Eldorado Canyon as one of the 10 State Parks you can’t miss. Here you can hike, fish, bike, tubing, 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, the shaded canyon provides a nice haven from the heat during the height of summer.
Another world-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 St 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!
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