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Boulder Open Space- Near the turn of the century the citizens of Boulder had the foresight to begin preserving the natural landscape that surrounds their community. Those initial 80 acres of open space have evolved into the extensive park system that pervades the city today.
Boulder Ranger District- Located in the middle of the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, the Boulder Ranger district is a popular destination for people on Colorado's Front Range.
Clear Creek Ranger District- The Clear Creek Ranger District lies just west of Denver on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It surrounds the towns of Idaho Springs, Central City and Georgetown. Its close proximity to the Denver metro area makes this area and its classic mountain beauty very popular.
Eldorado State Park- Eldorado Canyon State Park lies in central Colorado where the plains meet the mountains. It is located less that 30 miles from Boulder and Denver.
Golden Gate State Park- This beautiful 14,000 acre mountain park is located only 30 miles west of Denver. A spectacular view of the Continental Divide from the famous Panorama Point, makes Golden Gate Canyon State Park ideal for sightseers and photographers.
Rocky Mountain National Park- The snow-covered peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park rise above lush valleys and glistening lakes. Highlights in the park include Longs Peak, the Continental Divide, Trail Ridge Road and the Colorado River Headwaters.
St. Vrain State Park- Barbour Ponds State Park is located between Denver and Fort Collins with easy access from Interstate 25. It supports fishing, camping, wakeless boating, picnicking, bird watching and viewing scenery.

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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.

Attractions - 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 weather patterns.

Location - 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.


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Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.

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Boulder Community Network - community information for Boulder and surrounding area.
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Bouldercolorado.com - Additional Boulder area information
Chamber of Commerce - Area business and organization information for visitors and locals.
Colorado Tourism Website - Official website of the Colorado Tourism Office.

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