Description - Nestled at the base of the foothills in the shadow of the majestic Flatirons lies
the city of Boulder, one of Colorado's foremost havens of commerce, education,
research and recreation. Boulder acts as a gateway to Rocky Mountain National
Park, Roosevelt National Forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness. Boulder is a haven
and high-altitude training site for many types of athletes. Runners, rock
climbers, mountain bikers and hikers flock to this community because of the
opportunities the geography provides for these sports.
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- Facilities for many outdoor activities exist within or on the perimeter of the city
of Boulder. Boulder Creek Path is a 16-mile multi-use trail that leads through
the city of Boulder. Chautauqua Park, southwest of town, serves as a trailhead
for paths that lead into the Flatirons. Boulder Mountain Parks form hundreds of
miles of trails that surround the city. Eldorado Canyon State Park is located
southwest of town on State Highway 170: and it provides some of the best
technical climbing around.
Recreation - The public lands and open space created for and by Boulder citizens provide
natural facilities for bicycling (mountain and road), rock climbing, kayaking,
hiking, fishing and sightseeing. But don't expend all of your energy before you
get to enjoy the town itself. Boulder has many wonderful restaurants, bars and
a walking mall to keep the visitor busy at night as well as during the day.
Climate - It is said that Boulder is sunny 360 days out of the year. The climate makes up
for this nice weather by being completely sporadic and unpredictable. It is not
uncommon for a sunny summer day to turn into a torrential rain (or even snow)
storm. As with all mountainous areas, be prepared for varying, unpredictable
Boulder is located about 30 minutes northwest of Denver along the Front Range
of the Rocky Mountains. West of Boulder the landscape changes from the high
plains of eastern Colorado to the foothills of the Front Range. When you
approach Boulder you'll see an extraordinary rock formation called the Flatirons.
These mark the eastern gateway of the Roosevelt National Forest.