Imagine lush greenery, open fields, and sweeping views of Boulder, Colorado's iconic Flatirons all while you run, bike, picnic and play. Such are the open-spaces and parks of this famous Front Range town. Some sit along the Boulder Creek Path while others are tucked away in the foothills, but all have one thing in common: Their spectacular beauty.
Topping our list is well-known and beloved Chautauqua Park, where visitors flock during the summer months and locals play year-round. Hiking, rock-climbing, and (during the winter months) sledding and cross-country skiing are staples of the outdoor paradise. Go for a picnic or take part in one of the many outdoor yoga classes that are organized independently and take places near the park's ranger station.
Looking for something more relaxed with fewer people, North Boulder Park and Scott Carpenter Park are perfect for sunbathing, a same of bocce ball, or letting the kids romp on swing sets and slides. Both offer stellar views of the Flatirons, parking is simple, and are walkable from many of the downtown hotels.
If your looking to test your outdoor limits, Eldorado Canyon State Park and Rocky Mountain National Park offer camping, rock-climbing, scenic drives, and a rugged, untamed wilderness experience the likes of which you have never known.
In Colorado, we go big on everything and our parks are no exception.