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Recently rated the "#1 Sports Town in America" by Outside Magazine. Boulder is where some of the world's top runners, cyclists, mBoulder Mountain Bikingountain bikers, and rock climbers choose to call home. It's also a close-knit community full of residents who embrace an active outdoor lifestyle and who are committed to natural resource conservation. Combine all of that with 300 days of sunshine per year, and it's clear why Boulder is one of the hottest outdoor destinations in the country.

The surrounding Rocky Mountain landscape beckons visitors with easy-to-challenging hiking trails and unparalleled scenic views. A single day's itinerary might include watching the sunrise from a hot air balloon; paddling a kayak through the middle of town; rock climbing the nearby peaks; mountain biking over rugged alpine trails; tubing or fly-fishing in Boulder Creek; or teeing off at Flatirons Golf Course.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of Boulder's 300 miles of serene hiking and biking trails, approximately 45,000 acres of unspoiled open space or the Boulder Creek Path, which runs through the middle of town and parallels Boulder Creek. In winter, you can test your snowshoeing or cross country skiing ability on nearby trails. Or, enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding at Eldora Mountain Ski Resort, just 30 minutes away fromBoulder Hiking - Flatirons downtown Boulder.

If you want to go rock climbing, Boulder is a great place to be! Boulder, Colorado is blessed with some of the best rock and ice climbing in the country, only minutes from local coffee houses, taverns, and restaurants. Climbers, hikers, alpinists and mountaineers from around the world congregate here. From the distinctive Flatirons above town, to Eldorado Canyon in the south and Boulder Canyon in the west, there is a lifetime's worth of outstanding climbs here.

About an hour out of Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park, the South Platte and the Indian Peaks Wilderness add enormously to the choices of climbing and mountaineering available. No matter if you've only a few hours to find adventure or an entire day to play, there are plenty of mild-to-wild experiences awaiting you in Boulder, Colorado.

Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort is just 30 minutes away from downtown Boulder up through scenic Boulder Canyon. With 680 acres, 11 lifts and four restaurants, there's terrain for all skiers. Listen to Eldora's marketing director talk about what makes it special.

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Acquired Tastes Rafting

  • 2053 Yarmouth Ave.
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 443-4120
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Acquired Tastes has provided safe, fun, exciting whitewater adventures on the Arkansas River under the same ownership since 1986. All of our boats are state-of-the-art self-bailing rafts with foot… more

Adventure Balloon Sports

  • 4560 Martin Dr.
  • Boulder, CO 80305
  • Phone: (303) 530-0747
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Come experience the magic of flight and enjoy spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The unique perspective achieved only from the gondola of a hot air balloon allows us to truly take in the… more

Alpine World Ascents

  • P.O. Box 1013
  • Boulder, CO 80306
  • Phone: (303) 350-0366
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Going to the mountains is our passion at Alpine World Ascents and we cordially invite you to join us! We are dedicated to making your time with us in the mountains a fond and most memorable… more

Apex Ex

  • P.O. Box 18177
  • Boulder, CO 80308
  • Phone: (303) 731-6160
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Boulder’s multi-sport guide company, specializing in adventure trips for active travelers. Activities include: Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Summit Hikes, Backpacking Trips, White Water, Adventure… more

Arapahoe Ridge Park

  • Eisenhower Dr & Kellogg Cir
  • Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phone: (303) 413-7200
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Arapahoe Ridge Park is a spacious park that can accommodate a wide variety of activities to have an enjoyable experience. The park includes playground, shelter, grill, picnic tables,… more

Aspen Lodge Livery (horseback)

  • 6120 Highway 7
  • Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-8133
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The Aspen Lodge at Estes Park, located about 45 minutes from Boulder, offers a multitude of Estes Park activity choices. Some of Aspen Lodges' activities offered include fishing and boating… more

AVA's Colorado Rafting

  • 764 9th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (800) 370-0581
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AVA is a multi-sport, regional company located in central Colorado. We offer whitewater rafting on 8 Colorado rivers and 2 Arizona rivers, rock climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, cabins and… more

Awe-Struck Outdoors

  • P.O. Box 512
  • Rollinsville, CO 80474
  • Phone: (303) 807-6634
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Awe-Struck Adventures offers biking, hiking, paddling and skiing adventures to Boulder and Nederland area visitors and residents. We pair all of our outdoor trips with a culinary adventure. Bike to… more

Bicycle Village

  • 2100 28th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 440-8525
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Summer Hours: (April-August) Mon-Fri 9am-8pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm Winter Hours: (September-March) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 11am-5pm… more

Boulder Area Bicycle Adventures

On your BABA tour, you will discover the majesty of Boulder on one our well-designed scenic routes showcasing Boulder’s mountain vistas, the raging Boulder Creek, Historic Downtown Boulder &… more

Boulder B-cycle

  • 3601 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phone: (303) 532-4412
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Boulder B-cycle is Boulder's nonprofit bike-sharing program. With 38 stations and 260 bikes, B-cycles are a great way for visitors to take short trips around town and connect to public transit.… more

Boulder Bike Tours

Headquartered in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, the jewel of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, Boulder Bike Tours offers guided mountain biking & road biking tours showcasing the landscape, culture… more

Boulder Bikesmith

  • 2432 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-1132
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Open Daily 9am-6pm… more

Boulder County Fairgrounds

  • 9595 Nelson Road
  • Longmont, CO 80501
  • Phone: (303) 682-6762
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The Fairgrounds campground is open year round and has 92 spaces available for RVs and campers. Sites with electric and water hookups are available.… more

Boulder Creek Path

  • Between Boulder Canyon & Stazio Ball Fields
  • Boulder, CO 80302
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The Boulder Creek Path stretches seven miles from east Boulder to where Boulder Canyon and Fourmile Canyon intersect. This trail parallels Boulder creek as it runs east through the heart of Boulder… more
The Boulder Flat Tire Cycling Club was created to connect bike riders of all levels with organized rides and to create a network for cyclists to interact, communicate, and develop a community to… more

Boulder Falls

  • Boulder Canyon Drive
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 441-3440
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CLOSED: Boulder Falls is temporarily closed for repairs. Visit https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/closures for updates.… more

Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks

  • P.O. Box 791
  • Boulder, CO 80306
  • Phone: (303) 441-3440
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Looking for a hike with a view of the back range? Boulder’s open space trails will reveal flower-filled meadows in the summer and snow-capped vistas in the winter. Local favorites include the Bobolink… more

Boulder Outdoor Center

  • 2525 Arapahoe Ave.
  • Suite E4-228
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: 303.444.8420
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The Boulder Outdoor Center offers adventures, lessons, guided trips, and gear to make your next trip to Boulder, CO memorable. Winter adventures include: Snowmobile tours, avalanche safety,… more

Boulder Outdoor Survival School

  • P.O. Box 1590
  • Boulder, CO 80306
  • Phone: (303) 444-9779
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BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, is the oldest and largest traditional living skills / survival school in the world. Based out of corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, we have had a… more

Boulder Parks & Recreation Department

  • 3198 Broadway
  • Boulder, CO 80304
  • Phone: (303) 413-7200
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Kayakers can sharpen their paddling skills at the 20-slalom-gate course on Boulder Creek at the west end of Arapahoe Avenue. The city of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department offers white-water and… more

Boulder Ranger District

  • 2140 Yarmouth Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 541-2500
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The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland has more than 53 developed campgrounds and 20 developed picnic areas. Dispersed camping may be for you if you like to camp… more

Boulder Reservoir

  • 5565 North 51st Street
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 441-3461
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Want to take a quick swim? Boulder Reservoir is the choice of Boulderites and visitors alike for boating, swimming, sunbathing and enjoying a picnic. Call for admission and to reserve your boat and… more

Boulder Rock Club

  • 2829 Mapleton Avenue
  • Boulder, CO 80304
  • Phone: (303) 447-2804
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The Boulder Rock Club offers over 10,000 square feet of sculpted lead, top-rope, and bouldering terrain with realistic cracks, laybacks, and natural features. With an average of 75 roped routes and… more

Boulder Running

Your Running Resource on the Front Range.… more

Boulder Skate Park

  • 30th Street and Arapahoe
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 443-4474
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The 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art concrete in-ground skate park offers skills clinics, competitions and a skate team for ages 10-15. Helmets and protective gear are required.… more

Boulder Tennis Association

The Boulder Tennis Association (BTA) was established in 1967 by a group of local tennis enthusiasts who wanted to offer social and competitive play to all levels of tennis players. Over the years, the… more

Boulder Walking Tours

  • 1734 Spruce Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (720) 243-1376
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For years, Boulder Walking Tours has been exploring Boulder’s best places with visitors and locals alike. We offer two unique tours: BEST OF DOWNTOWN BOULDER, Pearl Street & Beyond – The tour… more

Canyon Pointe Park

  • Canyon Blvd & Walnut Hollow ln
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 413-7200
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Canyon Park is located close to downtown and is the perfect place for a picnic or to take the kids to get some fresh air. The park includes playground, picnic area, basketball courts, RTD… more

Christiansen Park

  • 3100 Kings Ridge Blvd
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 413-7200
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Christiansen Park is a great park that can accommodate a wide variety of activities to have an enjoyable experience. The park includes playground, picnic area and shelter,… more
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