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Let’s go… to the Grand Canyon!

August 7th, 2022

Ah the Grand Canyon. One of America’s best and most beautiful features. And lucky us Boulderites, it is only a 10 hour drive from here! If you leave at 6 am, you’ll be there in time to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset on the canyon. That’s what I did anyways, a couple weeks ago. And it was rough and also a bit colder there than here, but amazing. It’s a great time of year to go; the crowds are at their lowest according to the Visitor Center rangers. I was still amazed at how many people were there, almost as many as Chautauqua on a sunny, warm afternoon.  But it... Read More

[FLASHBACK] Be a Part of History: Boulder is Hosting the World’s Largest Triathlon EVER

August 7th, 2022

Boulder is about to make history with Ironman Boulder: the world’s largest triathlon. How large is this triathlon, you ask? Well, let’s look at the numbers: -There are more than 3,000 athletes competing in the triathlon, exceeding the number of athletes who competed at Sochi’s 2014 Winter Olympics (2,873). -It’s a 140.6 mile race, which is considerably longer than the distance from Boulder to Aspen (99 miles). -There are also more than 3,000 volunteers, which is roughly 3% of Boulder’s population. -There will be 15,000 feet of fencing which, if measured vertically,... Read More

Boulder’s Dog of the Day!

August 6th, 2022

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Faces of Boulder ~ Pic of the Day

August 6th, 2022

“I was unsure when people told me that I would like Boulder, but I’ve never been happier.” Originally from Boston, Grace is here at CU Boulder studying Evolutionary Biology and Pre-Vet. She originally wanted to be a surgeon for humans, but after shadowing various surgeries at a vet clinic she decided she wanted to be a veterinarian. “I just like animals more than I like people.”  Read More

Outdoor Pic of the Day – Mallard on Boulder Creek

August 6th, 2022

Almost all domestic duck breeds have their origins in the Mallard (everything except the Muscovy Duck). Domestic ducks are abundant in city ponds and can be difficult to distinguish because they lack the white neck ring, have white on their chests, are completely dark, or have bizarrely formed crests on their heads. A duck attempting to dry itself off in a small pond off the creek. Photo credit: Mickey Kahn  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day ~ Bongo the Balloon Man!

August 5th, 2022

  Meet Bongo the Balloon Man. Bongo is a self-taught balloon artist who has been creating masterful balloon animals for the youth of Boulder for over 31 years! You might recognize his familiar face from one of your recent strolls down the Pearl Street Mall as he has had his spot at the Peppercorn storefront for 28 years! Bongo, is a pillar of the Boulder community and epitomizes the culture of this city.  So, cheers to you Bongo and many more years of balloon animals to come.  Read More

Boulder’s Dog of the Day – Woody!

August 5th, 2022

Meet Woody! Woody visits the dog daycare I help out at every so often, and has quite the personality. Some of his favorite things include belly rubs, a good stick, and catching his own tail (which he is extremely good at I might add). Rumor has it, if you pet him behind the ear in just the right way, his tail can wag near the speed of light. Boulder is home to many incredible and interesting animals, and Woody is no exception.  Read More

What the Heck is a Chautauqua?

August 5th, 2022

Every Boulderite knows that Chautauqua is up on 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, but how did it get there? And what is a Chautauqua anyway? The Chautauqua movement of the late 19th century was an effort to educate rural communities who lacked access to the mass culture being developed in cities. The movement lasted from the 1870s all the way into the 1920s. Rural peoples were hungry for entrainment and brain food, but lacked a way to easily travel because automobiles weren’t widely available until 1910. The “Mother Chautauqua” (which sounds a bit like a spaceship name to me) was... Read More

Boulder’s Dog of the Day!

August 4th, 2022

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The Spirit of Adventure

August 4th, 2022

The desire to adventure, to see the world, to meet the people who reside on far away landscapes, is something that lives in all of us. It is an inherent, instinctual drive that pushes us out of our comfort zone; it is the force that carries us up mountains, the force that wakes you up for sunrises, and keeps you awake for distant sunsets. Adventure is in the face of every climber, of every hiker, or kayaker, or mountain biker. Regardless of the medium, the spirit of adventure lives in all of us, it is founded in a passion for exploration, of both the natural world, and of ourselves. This passion... Read More

Top 5 Beautiful Waterfall Hikes for Boulderites to do this Summer!

August 4th, 2022

While the saying “it’s about the journey, not the destination” is definitely a good one to take to heart, it’s not always 100% true; especially when the destination is a waterfall. We’ve found five waterfall hikes near Boulder that will really make you excited about the destination. 5. Alberta Falls Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, these falls are some of the easiest to reach at the end of a gently rolling 1.7-mile roundtrip loop. Take the kids for a picnic by these scenic falls, dip your feet in the snowmelt, and snap a selfie with the cascading water in the background. 4. Bridal... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of The Day!

August 3rd, 2022

“Meet Jill.  Originally from New York, but has always had the Boulder mentality and a desire to move out. As she was working for a local bakery, someone told her she would be perfect at owning her own dispensary. She started reading up on the trade and made plans to move out. She wants to start from the bottom to get the knowledge and experience first, but has the goal in mind to make that actually happen one day.”  Read More

7 Dog-Friendly Hikes in Boulder County

August 3rd, 2022

If you’re like me, you like getting outside with your furry best friend. But sometimes it’s hard to know what trails allow four-legged adventuring companions and which frown on it. Here at AboutBoulder we’ve compiled a list of the best dog-friendly hikes in the area so you’ll never have to leave your pup behind again! Royal Arch Trail This challenging 3.4-mile loop will gain 1,358 feet and provide you and your pooch with a killer workout. The trailhead begins in Chautauqua and splits off at the flagstone staircase—just follow the signs. Ascend through pine forests and wildflower meadows... Read More

Faces of Boulder ~ Laura!

August 2nd, 2022

“We started our adventure together by being ski partners. Then we became friends, and then lovers.” – Laura    Read More

Coot Lake: Your Favorite New Place for an Afternoon Walk

August 2nd, 2022

Colorado has a lot of mountains, and sometimes you may want something a bit more relaxing than scaling the flatirons. That’s what Coot Lake is for. It’s a flat lake area that houses coots, mallards, and lots of other ducks. A lot of the lake actually acts as a wildlife preserve for wetland species, so expect to see a fair amount of ducks and birds. You may even see a Northern Harrier, which is the most threatened nesting bird species in Boulder County. It’s also a very popular gathering place for dog walkers and runners, who can be seen pacing the trails in the area. Trails from... Read More

Known for its Ghosts, this historic Boulder hotel is a must-see

August 2nd, 2022

  Rooms 302 and 304 have a reputation for being haunted among the Boulderado personnel. Guests in such rooms have claimed faint white human-shaped apparitions, audio phenomena such as disembodied voices, and odd electrical activity, such as TVs and lights turning on and off for no apparent reason, over the years. In 1924, a down-on-his-luck guy attempted a double-suicide in one of the rooms, killing himself on the bed by self-administering chloroform. His wife was bathing at the time, and when she discovered her husband’s body, she used the leftover chloroform on herself. The amount... Read More

6 Things More Common in Boulder Than Anywhere Else

August 2nd, 2022

Anything “Buffalo” themed. Boulder is a college town, so the university is a source of some major pride in this city. CU’s mascot is the famous, 1,400-pounds of raging buffalo affectionately known as Ralphie. This means places all around town – from the Buff Restaurant to the best buffalo burger joint – incorporate this CU Buff pride into their own business as much as possible. People who moved here from California. Boulder, Colorado seems to have a huge pull of West Coast people. Maybe they’re drawn to the liberal politics, the beautiful scenery, or just the good vibes of people... Read More

Hiking with Dogs in Boulder: What to Know, Where to Go

August 1st, 2022

It’s time to start getting back out on the trails. What better to venture into Boulder’s beautiful open spaces than with a furry friend. Boulder Open Spaces and Mountain Parks offers a sprawling 145 miles of trails to the avid hiker, and up to 90% of those trails are open to dogs. This includes the Chautauqua Meadow, Mt. Sanitas, NCAR trails, Bear Canyon, the Table Mesa Trails and much, much, more. But, before heading into the great outdoors with your pooch, don’t forget to bring a leash and some doggie bags. While the Open Spaces and Mountain Parks welcome dogs, it is your responsibility... Read More

5 Hidden Gems Near Boulder

August 1st, 2022

One of the wonderful things about Boulder culture is that everyone loves to be outside all the time. Unfortunately, that makes for crowded trails and busy trailheads. Part of the experience of the great outdoors is solitude with nature, and that can be a challenging thing to find in Boulder. Lucky for you, we’ve found some less-trafficked diamonds in the rough to feed that need to be alone in the wilderness. Anemone Hill Anemone Hill is a perfect solution for the introvert hiker who doesn’t want to drive far. This pleasant 2.4-mile out-and-back hike shares a parking lot with Mount Sanitas,... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

July 31st, 2022

Most days a week, you can find Pete and his bumper sticker-covered Subaru, dubbed “The Starship”, climbing somewhere on Flagstaff Mountain. “Bouldering is not only a great way to train; it can clear your mind and help you find balance,” he articulates. Pete plans to become a mountain guide, where he can utilize his climbing knowledge to help others summit peaks. He has his eyes set on many of the world’s highest mountains, and a determination that will surely land him on top.  Read More