Boulder is a university town tucked into the Flatirons foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Students are a quarter of the population, giving the town a young, lively atmosphere. With access to more than 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of open spaces, Boulder residents enjoy nature and active pursuits. Between hiking, skiing, downtown shopping and rich cultural experiences, you’ll find no shortage of fun things to do in this exciting city.
Boulder has more than 200 miles (321 kilometers) of hiking and bike trails with routes for all abilities, from gentle countryside paths to challenging uphill treks. In Chautauqua Park, the heart of Boulder’s trail network, take the scenic hike up to the Royal Arch, a large, rocky sandstone formation. The park also has picnic areas, a children’s playground and tennis courts. Try tubing along Boulder Creek and swimming and sailing in the Boulder Reservoir. During winter, head to the Eldora Mountain Resort for skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding.
One of the city’s prettiest walks is the 5.5-mile-long (9-kilometer) Boulder Creek Path. The route passes along the banks of the creek, past shady patches and swimming spots and through parks and the downtown area.
Away from nature, spend a few hours at Pearl Street Mall. This large pedestrian-only precinct encompasses independent stores, nationwide chains and cafés. As you stroll through the four-block mall, you’ll be entertained by a lively array of street performers. The bars, microbreweries and restaurants make Pearl Street a popular nighttime destination as well.
To experience the city’s culture, visit museums, art galleries and theaters. Appreciate the artwork of local, national and international artists at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ken Bernstein Art Studio. View fossil and geology exhibits at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum. Catch a jazz performance at the Boulder Theater.
Boulder is less than 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Denver and is within easy reach of many wineries and breweries. The city is an ideal base for exploring the Rocky Mountains.
Shopping, Hiking and Mountain
Embark on gentle or rigorous hikes and photograph native wildlife at this popular city park. See cultural performances and learn about a historic education movement.
Shop, dine or simply enjoy the atmosphere of Boulder's busy downtown shopping quarter. Relax by flower-filled gardens and let your children splash in the fountains.
Make the most of Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine with a journey into the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This tour shows off some of our favorite sights, with a comfortable ride in an upscale vehicle and plenty of time to stop and admire the incredible views.
Overview Escape into nature with our full-day adventure! Our friendly, fun tour guide will highlight all points of interest as you make your way to Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Overview If you're seeking a quick adventure, take a four hour tour that treats you to two of the best things about Boulder: Beautiful views and brews. Your tour guide provides locals only insight into the Frontrange before you set off for a hike at the base of Boulder's iconic Flatirons.
Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.
Overview Make the most of your time in Colorado and treat yourself to a fully customized private tour in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This is the perfect tour for someone who simply wants ample time at each sight and a guide who treats them like family showing them all their favorite spots.
Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.