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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. Conditions can change quickly, but we'll do our best to keep this page updated with the latest information.

Last Updated: May 13, 2022

Are Masks Required in Boulder?

No. Boulder County's mask requirement ended in February 2022. It's still a good idea to bring a mask and keep it in your pocket to respect any mask-wearing requests from individual businesses. 

What Are Covid Numbers Like in Boulder County?

The number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Boulder County has recently shifted the community level from low to medium, per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

What Is Dining Out Like in Boulder Right Now?

Restaurants and bars are open for indoor dining at 100% capacity. Masks are optional. 

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. Masks are optional.

Photo by Andy Colwell

Peppercorn on Pearl Street

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. 

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.

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). 

Photo by Eric Gray

Dowdy Draw Trail

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.

What Else Can I Do in Boulder?

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


What's Not Open in Boulder?

Celestial Seasonings factory tours and the National Center for Atmospheric Research visitor center remain closed to the public. 

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. 

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 visitor@bouldercvb.com