Experience Boulder's Most Exciting, Scenic and Challenging Outdoor Activities

One would think that listing the 10 best outdoor activities in Boulder, Colorado would be a piece of cake, what with the mountains, lakes, streams, and canyons. However, this task is no walk in the park since Boulder boasts so many outdoor opportunities, that narrowing them down to just ten is quite a feat. With several national parks in the area, monthly outdoor festivals, and open spaces well equipped for all of your recreational needs, being outdoors is a priority for anyone who visits this sporty, fun-loving, mountain town.

For hiking, rock-climbing, and picnicking, be sure to grab your day pack and head to Rocky Mountain National Park, Chautauqua Park, or Mt. Sanitas. If you're interested in some sophistication and entertainment, head to Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amitheater and experience your favorite films as the stars twinkle above in the Colorado sky. In the mood to splash around or take to some wicked hills on your mountain bike? Visit Boulder Reservoir or Valmont Bike Park. And, for those of you who would like a more laid back and non-strenuous experience, enjoy the Boulder Creek Path or scenic Boulder Falls situated in awe-inspiring Boulder Canyon. Whatever your skill level or interest, this list has some exhilarating, cultured, community oriented outdoor treats for you. 



Though Bear Peak can be accessed from several different points, the Mesa Trail is one of the best access points and provides you with a grueling 12.7 miles of switchbacks, scenic canyons and, at the top, views of the Rocky Mountains and Indiana...  Read More



Bands on the Bricks is a free, weekly concert put on by the City of Boulder on downtown Pearl Street at absolutely no cost. A beer garden featuring local brews from Avery, West Flanders, and Upslope Brewing Company can be enjoyed, as well has...  Read More

Boulder Falls


Boulder Falls is located in Boulder Canyon off of Highway 119 and allows for the perfect sightseeing adventure. Best still, accessing the falls only requires a short and very easy hike, so people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy. The...  Read More

Mt. Sanitas


This 3.1 mile moderate to strenuous trail will lead you to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful summits overlooking all of Boulder Valley. Sanitas, which is Latin for health, wellbeing, and clarity of mind, is the perfect day hike whether...  Read More

Airport - Wbu


Known as one of the best bike baths in the country, Boulder Creek Path offers miles of biking pleasure perfect for the active commuter, hardcore cyclist, or family out for a ride. Providing access to numerous parks, ponds, historical markers,...  Read More

Boulder Reservior


Whether you're out for a morning jog and desire sweet trails with a great view or you wanna slip into a bikini and bake in the Colorado sun, Boulder Reservoir is the perfect destination for you. Take a dip at the swim beach in Colorado's first...  Read More

Valmont Bike Park


The Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance is proud to give you this one-of-a-kind bike park. Enjoy some well-maintained, yet exciting trails that will rip the screams from your throat. However, if you're in the mood for something more tame, family...  Read More

Boulder County Farmers' Market


Independent farmers and growers offer their wares at this lively community farmers' market. You'll find fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, along with plants, trees, shrubs, coffee beans, baked goods, and crafts. The...  Read More



The jewel of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park offers panoramic mountain views, hikes that wind through alpine tundra and dense aspen groves with opportunities to glimpse elk, black bear, and a variety of mountain wildlife. An adventurers...  Read More

Chautauqua Park
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The definitive "park" with ample open-space for relaxing, photography, and painting in peace. This meadow-like foothills park is ideal for a lazy afternoon with a book, a family picnic, bird watching, or a vigorous hike on numerous trails that...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope