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    Boulder's Flatirons

    St. Patrick's Day in Boulder

    While most St. Patty's Day events have been called off this year, you can still come to Boulder and play outside, followed by some great beer on a sunny patio. Here are some ideas for things to do on St. Patrick's Day 2021.

    Self-Guided Tours

    Strike out on your own adventure with our list of self-guided tours, which explore a variety of topics: food, geology, art, tea and more. Learn as you go, keep your social distance and set your own pace.

    Wintertime hiking group in Flatirons in Boulder, CO

    Sample Beer and More

    Boulder has 22 breweries, four distilleries, three wineries, two cideries and a meadery. So yeah, there's plenty to taste here for St. Patty's Day. Many breweries have spacious patios that you can enjoy even in March. Here's a complete list of Boulder's libations destinations.

    People wearing masks sitting outside around a fire pit drinking beer from Sanitas Brewing Co

    Hiking and Nature Walks

    Go for a hike on dozens of trails including these easy nature outings. Make sure to choose one that is not crowded, even if that involves additional driving or a change of plans. 

    Hiker with a baby backpack overlooking the Boulder valley in the Winter

    Just 20 minutes from Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park is open sunrise to sunset (entry fees apply). Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour away and is partially open. For information on how to visit, go to the RMNP website. Face coverings are required for both.

    Find a Hiking Trail

    Important reminders:

    • Bring your face covering. They are required in Boulder County by public health order. 
    • Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others. If you need to pass someone on the trail, communicate with them to allow the recommended six feet of distance.
    • View suggested one-way travel areas, trails that are wider than six-feet and areas that see high and low visitation through OSMP's interactive trails map.
    • If you're feeling ill, absolutely do not visit open space. 
    • If parking is full, move on to another park or trailhead.
    • Do not take risks. Keep rangers, deputies and other first responders safe. ​

    Rattlesnake Gulch Eldorado Canyon at Sunset/Sunrise

    Mountain Biking 

    Go mountain biking on six major trail systems. The same important reminders above apply. In winter, try a fat bike.

    Woman Fat Biking in the snow in Boulder, Coloardo


    Read our bird-watching guide for where to go and what to look for. The same important reminders above apply.

    Mural Tour

    Woman taking a picture of the Liquor Mart Murals Street Wise Boulder

    Photo Tour

    Go on a self-guided photo tour of Boulder.

    Art in the Park at Chautauqua

    Walk or drive around Colorado Chautauqua Historic District to see 15 bear cub sculptures, each decorated by a different artist. Don't miss the new 8-foot bear installation near the Chautauqua Auditorium, too. There's even a cyber scavenger hunt you can complete at Chautauqua Park to discover the bear cubs and fascinating bits of Chautauqua history.

    Play a Round of Disc Golf

    Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family activity. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).    


    Most shops are open for business, with limited capacities. They are cleaning rigorously and regularly, wearing face coverings, sanitizing point of sale stations and will remove any tried-on items from the floor for a "rest" period before they can be put back out. Shops are only allowing a certain number of shoppers in the store at a time. A few are open are by appointment only or are doing curbside pickup only. Learn more about safe shopping here. To go inside, you will need a face covering by order of Boulder County Public Health and the State of Colorado. 

    Shopping Safely
    Enjoy Some Good Food

    Restaurants are open for indoor dining at limited capacities. Many have heaters on their patios and also provide to-go or delivery. The city has closed some streets to through traffic so that restaurants can open additional seating right on the street. You'll need to wear a face covering to any restaurant and can remove it for eating or drinking outside.

    Dining Safely in Boulder

    Man and woman dining outside and being served at Japango

    Don't Leave the House Without...
    • Your face covering. They are required in Boulder County by public health order. 
    • A well-charged cell phone, so you can use the ParkMobile app to pay for parking, order food to go, take pictures of maps and use it as a tool to avoid tactile contact.
    • Hand sanitizer.
    • Sunscreen.
    • A full water bottle.