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    COVID-19: What to Expect in Boulder Right Now

    Thank you for thinking of Boulder! You may be wondering what the situation is like here during the COVID-19 pandemic. As with any destination, conditions can change quickly, but we'll do our best to keep this page updated with the latest information.

    Last Updated: Oct. 19, 2021

    Are Masks Required in Boulder?

    Yes. A Boulder County Public Health order requires that all individuals age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces in Boulder County. Masks can be removed temporarily while you are actively eating or drinking. Thank you for your help as the Boulder community works together to protect lives, support our healthcare systems and mitigate further impacts to our economic vitality.

    Barbara & Co Shopping Pearl Street

    Photo: Barbara & Company, courtesy Downtown Boulder Partnership

    What Are Covid Numbers Like in Boulder County?

    Covid Transmission TrackerCase Numbers As of Oct. 18, 2021, new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days is 160.5. Boulder County's status is "High Transmission" according to the CDC's data-tracking system. There have been 275 deaths in Boulder County with Covid-19 and 30,227 individuals in Boulder County have tested positive or were considered probable (likely positive). More Boulder County COVID-19 data is here

    Vaccination Rate As of Oct. 16, 2021, 84% of eligible Boulder County residents have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. 

    What Is Dining Out Like in Boulder Right Now?

    Restaurants and bars are open for indoor dining at 100% capacity. Guests are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when they are actively eating or drinking.

    Many restaurants have expanded their patios onto the streets in a few areas, thanks to the city closing a few areas to traffic through at least April 2022.

    To-go dining is also widely available, and restaurants are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages to go, so you can order a bottle of wine or a couple of margaritas to enjoy with your to-go meal. 

    Downtown Outdoor Dining Picnic Tables

    What Is It Like to Shop in Boulder Now?

    Boulder’s retailers are open on Pearl Street, in downtown, at Twenty Ninth Street and all across town at 100% capacity. Mask-wearing is required indoors for everyone 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status.

    Island Farm

    What Are My Lodging Options in Boulder?

    All of Boulder's hotels are open for business and are accepting reservations. They are taking precautions to ensure sanitization and safety. 

    Hotel Safety Measures

    Are Hiking Trails Open in Boulder?

    Yes. Boulder’s hiking trails have always remained open throughout the pandemic. You can view the interactive trails map to find lower-trafficked trails and avoid trails closed due to wildlife habitat protections. Masks are not required in outdoor settings.

    Find a Hike

    Flatirons hiking with dogs

    Can I Go Mountain Biking?

    Yes, Boulder’s mountain biking trails are open (unless they are closed due to muddy conditions or for wildlife habitat protections). Masks are not required in outdoor settings.

    Mountain Biking Trails

    Marshall Mesa Mountain Biking

    What Nearby State and National Parks Can I Visit?

    • Eldorado Canyon State Park is open from sunrise to sunset and is just 20 minutes from Boulder. Parking can fill up quickly and when it does, cars are turned away, so early morning or weekday visits are best.
    • Rocky Mountain National Park is open. For the latest information, including advance reservation requirements, go to the RMNP website
    • Golden Gate Canyon State Park is open daily and is about 50 minutes away from Boulder. Reservations are not needed to enter. Day pass kiosks are available at the park entrances.

    Can I Camp in Boulder?

    While no camping is available within the city of Boulder, there are several nearby options listed on our Camping page. Boulder County fire restriction info is here.

    What Else Can I Do in Boulder?

    For lots of ideas on fun things to do now in Boulder check out this page:

    Things to Do During COVID-19

    What's Not Open Yet in Boulder?

    Celestial Seasonings factory tours, the National Center for Atmospheric Research visitor center and the Ranger Cottage at Chautauqua remain closed to the public. At the University of Colorado, the Fiske Planetarium and most venues and museums are open to the public, while the CU Heritage Center remains closed.

    Are Colorado's Borders Open?

    Yes, Colorado's borders are open. There is no quarantine period or proof of negative test for those crossing into Colorado from other states. Be sure to bring and wear your face coverings if you are unvaccinated or if a business or setting requires it.

    Have More Questions?

    We are the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, the official tourism organization for Boulder, and we are happy to answer your questions. Call 303-442-2911 or email