FAQs About Meetings and Conferences in Boulder
We love talking to meeting professionals about Boulder! When we do, these are the questions that come up most often about holding a meeting or conference in Boulder. We thought we'd put them all here in one handy spot for you. But if you have other questions, don't hesitate to ask us! We'd love to hear from you.
What is Boulder known for?
Boulder is known as the Happiest City in the U.S. and has a passion for outdoor recreation and one of the nation’s largest craft beer scenes, as well as thriving tech, health foods and biotech industries. Our ethos around environmentalism and progressive land preservation are a reflection of our love for our stunning natural surroundings. See our page dedicated to everything Boulder is known for.
What is Boulder like? What is the vibe of the town?
Boulder is a laid-back, nature-loving city with a compact and walkable downtown and a thriving university campus in the heart of town. Visitors are often surprised at the number of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues for a city of only 100,000 or so residents. While it's retained some of its famous hippy culture from the 70s, today's Boulder is a tech town fueled by coffee, breweries and a love of the outdoors. Here's a guide to myths and truths about Boulder.
What is the nearest airport to Boulder?
Denver International Airport is the nearest major airport and is a 45-minute drive to Boulder along easy, non-mountainous highways that become more and more scenic the closer you get to Boulder.
What types of hotels does Boulder have?
There are 22 hotels within the city of Boulder that put you close to downtown, hiking trails, CU campus, and great dining and shopping. The town’s hotel selection includes a luxury downtown property, an upscale historic boutique hotel, a range of well-appointed brand hotels, two adventure lodges and a collection of charming cottages at the foot of the Flatirons. Browse all of Boulder’s accommodations.
Does Boulder have a conference center?
No, there is not a conference or convention center in Boulder. Conference space is available at hotels, on the University of Colorado campus, and at private event centers.
How large of a group can Boulder accommodate?
Boulder's largest hotels can comfortably accommodate groups of 250 or fewer, but larger groups that have the flexibility to utilize multiple venues can get creative with a “walking conference” at a network of neighboring downtown venues. Additionally, the University of Colorado can host educational conferences of up to 2,000 attendees.
What conference and meeting services does the Boulder CVB provide?
We’re happy you asked! Our primary goal is to connect you with hotels and venues that meet your needs in Boulder. We will serve as the liason and do the legwork of gathering quotes for properties that meet your capacity, dates and other needs. We'll also arrange site visits so you can evaluate the spaces for yourself. Our conference services team can provide an on-site visitor information desk, help with group transportation, provide visitor guides and maps and more. All of this is free and unbiased. Learn more about our services here.
What activities are popular for groups in Boulder?
Boulder’s hiking trails are famously beautiful and easy to access, with most hotels located 5 minutes or fewer from a trailhead. Mountain biking and e-biking are additional top ways to see the stunning landscape, with fun tours available for groups. Brewery and distillery tours, farm visits, cooking classes, and food tours are popular, too. Your attendees will definitely want to take photos of the famous Flatirons mountains, shop historic Pearl Street, see the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and visit the University of Colorado campus’ attractions. Find tons of only-in-Boulder group activities here.
When is your peak season for meetings? When can I get the best value?
Boulder’s peak season tends to be May-September. October through April offers groups the best value at hotels and venues. With mild weather and year-round outdoor activities, groups can save big while enjoying plenty to see and do in Boulder.
What is the weather like in Boulder?
In short: it's great! Boulder enjoys a relatively mild climate. It is considered a high desert, with an altitude of 5,430 feet above sea level, which ensures very little humidity in the summer and winter months. The warmest month is July with an average daytime temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit. December is the coldest month in Boulder, with an average daytime high of 45 degrees. Boulder's annual snowfall average is 89 inches.
Do you offer any incentives for groups?
You bet your bottom dollar. We offer a cash incentive for qualifying meetings. Normally this is only available to groups that book in the October-April timeframe, but due to Covid-19, our cash incentive program now operates year-round. Learn more here.
Does the Boulder CVB host site visits or FAM trips?
While we don’t offer FAM trips, we routinely welcome planners for site visits so you can check out hotels and venues in person — and we’ll take you around in our vintage VW bus!
Can you help plan a sustainable event?
Definitely. Boulder is known for its sustainability and land preservation efforts. Read our guide to planning a green meeting in Boulder, or get in touch with us to collaborate on customized solutions for your meeting or event.
What Covid-19 precautions is Boulder taking?
You can read the latest on Boulder County’s Covid-19 measures here.