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Boulder Facts

Location

Boulder is nestled in the foothills, where the rolling plains meet the Colorado Rocky Mountains, centrally located near Denver, Denver International Airport, Eldora Mountain Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park. Downtown Denver is just 30 minutes away. Being a few hours from many of Colorado's world-famous ski resorts makes Boulder the ideal Colorado destination.

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Land Acknowledgement

Visit Boulder acknowledges that the land on which we live, work and recreate today has been inhabited by Indigenous people for more than 13,000 years. We honor the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Hinono'eino (Arapaho) and all other nations associated with the Boulder Valley, affirm their ancestral ties to their homeland and acknowledge the history of mistreatment and forced removal that has had a devastating impact on their communities. When we discuss Boulder with visitors and our communities, we are discussing Native lands, and we endeavor to do our part to include the stories of the area’s first inhabitants.

Age Demographics

0-19 years — 22%
20-29 — 29%
30-39 — 13%
40-59 — 19%
60+ — 16%
Median age — 29


Elevation & Size

5,430 feet/1,655 meters (Denver is 5,280 feet/1,609 meters); City of Boulder is 27.8 square miles/44.7 square kilometers.

Population

100,980 residents, including 36,780 students at the University of Colorado.

Weather

Four distinct seasons and over 300 sunny days a year.
Average temperature highs/lows:

Spring (March-May) — 63/35 F
Summer (June-August) — 83/55 F
Fall (September-October — 72/45 F
Winter (November-February) — 45/23 F
Average 83.3 inches of snowfall a year.

Recreation

Boulder offers countless year-round recreational activities. Take advantage of the 200 miles of public hiking and biking trails and approximately 43,000 acres of open space.

Arts & Culture

Boulder was named one of the top ten most vibrant arts communities among medium-sized U.S. cities. There are about 15 art galleries, six local museums, a dozen movie and stage theaters and many festivals in town, including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Music Festival and Chautauqua Concert Series.

Dining

Hundreds of restaurants featuring local, regional and international foods. Multiple Boulder restaurants have been included in the MICHELIN Guide.

Accommodations

Approximately 2,500 guest rooms, ranging from full-service city hotels to rustic cabins to historic Victorian suites. Whether you are staying at a cozy bed and breakfast or our largest conference hotel, mountain views and proximity to activities will ensure an unparalleled experience.

Sister Cities

Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Jalapa, Nicaragua; Lhasa, Tibet; Mante, Mexico; Yamagata, Japan

City Founded

The City of Boulder was founded in 1859.