Outside magazine has called Boulder the No. 1 Sports Town in America. It's where some of the world's top runners, cyclists, mountain 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.
Come 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 from downtown Boulder.
If you want to go rock climbing, you should know that Boulder, Colorado, is blessed with some of the best rock and ice climbing in the country. Climbers, hikers, alpinists and mountaineers from around the world congregate here. From the distinctive Flatirons in town, to Eldorado Canyon to the south and Boulder Canyon to 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. Read about more day-trip options in 4 Spectacular Wilderness Escapes Near Boulder. 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 and around Boulder, Colorado.
Help protect Boulder's natural beauty by remembering these Mountain Manners.