Boulder, Colorado is one of my favorite towns in the U.S. The weather is great, there’s a lively community, delicious food, and you can’t beat the outdoor activities or the views.
Nothing is more iconic in Boulder than the Flatirons in Chautauqua Park.
As much as we loved hanging out in town and trying a variety of restaurants, hiking in the park was possibly one of our favorite things that we did. The best thing is that it is a quick trip from town – maybe 15 minutes if you decide to walk or about 5 minutes if you decide to drive. Since we were a bit short on time, we drove and parked in the main parking lot. From there, you will find a trail that goes right up.
The great thing about these trails is that you can find something for everyone. It’s a place that locals frequent as well as out of town visitors. On our hike, we saw a wide variety of people – we saw some families with small children, middle aged couples, young singles out hiking with their dogs, and everyone in between. There are difficult routes as well as climbs, but also plenty of easy places to hike for people like us who aren’t routine hikers.
We enjoyed having interactions with the others hikers along the trail, but we didn’t feel overrun by people or rushed to go a certain speed from people behind us. Overall, people in Boulder are seasoned hikers / outdoors people, so people are very courteous and friendly on the trails.
Chautauqua Park Boulder
You can read more about Chautauqua Park here and find the trail map here.