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Boulder, Colorado Visitors Guide

Boulder is a magical place that has the perfect combination of nature and city culture. From the University of Colorado to the river that runs right through the middle of town Boulder will delight you. Learn more about this city next to the mountains.

Boulder Attractions & Activities

Settled in 1858, Boulder has been called “the city between the mountains and reality.” Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder has the perfect year round weather. It has more than 30,000 acres of open land and 200 miles of hiking and biking paths.

It is home to high tech companies, the University of Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Boulder’s cultural scene includes orchestra, music, dance, museums, art galleries, unique shops, films and outdoor film festivals. It is a unique mixture technology, history, nature and metropolitan living.

Do you love the beauty of nature? Then a trek along Boulder Creek Path is just what you’re looking for! The 16 mile nature and exercise trail passes through the city (no street crossings) into the mountains and past a sculpture garden, a restored steam engine, and several city parks.

For water activities, visit Boulder Reservoir where you can enjoy swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing. However, if hitting the back 9 is more your style, then book a day at Vista Ridge Golf Club with it Jay Morrish designed course. The incredible scenery with its rolling hills and majestic view of the Rockies makes even the worst shot to be above par. For wintertime activity, you can hit the slopes at Eldora Mountain Resort where you will find downhill and cross country skiing. There are 12 lifts, 53 runs and 27 miles of cross country trails.

Do you enjoy sculptures, original works, and various media forms? If so, then Boulder has much to explore. At the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art you will find contemporary and regional paintings and sculptures, experimental performances and changing exhibits. They also offer lectures, workshops and host special events. For art of a slightly different sort, visit Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art where you will find original art work used on the greeting cards produced by Leanin’ Tree. The museum also displays the private art collection of Edward P. Trumble, the company’s founder.

For a taste of the town visit Pearl Street Mall. Here you can discover Boulder’s unique personality with its open –air retail and restaurant district. You will find Victorian storefronts, brick walkways, and beautiful landscaping paired with upscale bars, boutiques, galleries and cafes. There are spontaneous street performers showing their skills in juggling, art, mimes, musicians and local personalities all eager to make your time in Boulder a sensational experience.

Folsom Field at the University of Colorado

For adventures in education, spend a day at the University of Colorado. On its 786 acre campus you will find the Old Main and the Norlin Library. Also at UC is the Fisk Planetarium and Science Center where you can participate in science classes for all ages, science exhibits and laser shows, the Sommers-Buasch Observatory where you can stargaze, and the Mack Auditorium Concert Hall which host artist series, guest artist, and the Boulder Philharmonic. The campus is also home to the University of Colorado Museum where you can learn about the region’s history through geological, zoological and botanical collections.

Photo Credits: Banner photo by Carey; Downtown Boulder by Digital Blue; Mountains by Lana; Pearl Street by Thanasim25; Downtown Boulder with snow by Jason Rogers