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Outdoor Pic of the Day – Sunrise over Boulder and the Flatirons

September 23rd, 2022

Boulder and the Flatirons in the early morning light. Green and Bear mountains can be seen in the background.  Read More

Are the Boulder Flatirons Remnants of Ancient Beaches?

September 22nd, 2022

You will learn how Boulder’s iconic Flatirons formed. Turns out, Boulder was once beachfront property. The Flatirons are Boulder’s favorite portion of the Fountain Formation, a geological formation of mostly red sandstone. This sandstone, more appropriately called “arkose” gets its color from the pinkish feldspar contained it it. This red rock makes up the Red Rocks of Morrison and the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. The Fountain Formation stretches from Colorado Springs all the way to Wyoming. The reddish color is due to the concentration of feldspar in the sandstone,... Read More

Faces of Boulder- Pic of the Day!

September 20th, 2022

Climb Time! Oh yes, what a lovely way to spend the day. These four climbers were found in the Flatirons ascending this pitch of 5.6 sport. All Colorado natives, these climbers drove into town to check out what sport routes Boulder had to offer. They enjoyed the day outside, and planned on heading back into town for dinner after a successful day of rock climbing. Thanks for chatting guys, see ya around!  Read More

Bouldering in Boulder?? — You know it’s gotta be good

September 16th, 2022

The history of rock climbing and bouldering had its genesis with mountaineering and alpinism in the late 18th century, although climbing rocks had been a feat accomplished long before. In the 14th century, a Native American tribe called the Anasazi drilled holes and carved stairs into rock cliffs in Chaco Canyon, but it wasn’t until 1786 with the first ascent of Mont Blanc, that the ‘modern era’ of climbing truly came into being. The history of Boulder’s rock climbing and bouldering history began a little over one hundred years later in 1896 when a group of Boulder Hikers formed the Rocky... Read More

Best 5 Hiking Trails in Boulder

August 27th, 2022

The following are the top five hiking trails in Boulder, Colorado, as assessed by recent Trip Advisor reviews: 1 – Flatirons The Flatirons are a group of rock formations in the western United States, near Boulder, Colorado, that are made up of flatirons and other irregular shapes. A group of five huge, numbered Flatirons may be found on the east slope of Green Mountain, running north to south from north to south. The phrase “The Flatirons” is sometimes used to refer to just these five Flatirons. The First and Second Flatirons Loop is a 2.7-mile widely traveled loop route situated... Read More

Outdoor pic of the Day – Boulder Flatirons

August 26th, 2022

The Flatirons are a group of rock formations in the western United States, in Boulder, Colorado, that are made up of flatirons and other irregular shapes. A group of five huge, numbered Flatirons may be found on the east slope of Green Mountain, running north to south from north to south. The phrase “The Flatirons” is sometimes used to refer to just these five Flatirons. photo credit: Mickey Kahn  Read More

Hike of the Week: Flagstaff

August 22nd, 2022

Flagstaff is one of the those hikes that the locals know and is popular with tourists, so if you haven’t checked out Flagstaff, you must put it on the list as one of the trails to do before summer ends! Like many of Boulder’s hiking trails, Flagstaff offers a variety of options for hikers; unlike some of the other nearby trails, the summit can also be reached by road which I have heard is a popular date night spot for its incredible views of the city, the Continental Divide, Indian Peaks Wilderness, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Also, if you have the time, be sure to check out Flagstaff... Read More

Boulder’s Outdoor Pic of the Day – National Center for Atmospheric Research

August 19th, 2022

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally supported research and development center (FFRDC) in the United States that is run by the nonprofit University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NCAR has a number of locations, including the Mesa Laboratory headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, which was built by I. M. Pei. Meteorology, climate science, atmospheric chemistry, solar-terrestrial interactions, and environmental and societal implications are among the topics studied. P photo credit: Tony Harman  Read More

Outdoor Pic of the Day – CU from top of Flatirons

August 18th, 2022

  The CU campus taken from the top of the Flatirons. Photo Credit: Mikey Kahn    Read More

Boulder’s Terrifying Mascot from the 1980s!

August 12th, 2022

Meet “Buddy Boulder,” the mascot proving that even the gleaming citizens of Boulder sometimes make bad decisions. Or eerie ones at the very least. How was this grinning stone created? Well, in 1984 the Boulder Hotel and Motel Association had a “Mascot Mania” event whereby people were allowed to submit mascot ideas for the city of Boulder. The winners received cash prizes. You would think money would be incentive to create something inviting and recognizable. Sure, Buddy has the Flatirons on his head, but we just can’t stop looking at his cold, shifty, doll eyes. The... 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

Timeless Pieces of Boulder’s Architectural History

July 29th, 2022

With the holidays over, we figured we should refresh our minds with something different today. Boulder has a very interesting architectural history, especially the university campus. We will touch on some defining Boulder architectural projects which you have probably seen around town. Next time you’re out and about, maybe you’ll encounter some of these oh-so-Boulder building projects. The University Campus Of course we cannot skim Boulder’s architectural past without bringing up the University of Colorado campus. It began with the all-brick Old Main and soon grew into several... Read More

Faces of Boulder- Pic of the Day – Christine!

July 20th, 2022

Meet Christine! Originally from Germany, she was driving through Boulder on a cross country trip with her husband. They spent the day bouldering in the Flatirons behind this beautiful city. In this picture she looks up as her husband ascends a tricky route on Mt. Sanitas. Only here for a few days, the couple enjoyed hiking and eating at restaurants here in Boulder! Nice to meet you guys, have a great time in America!  Read More

Visit Boulder’s Number One Top Rated Attraction

July 13th, 2022

Fun facts on the Boulder Flatirons: In 1953, Dale Johnson (Geol’54) climbed the third peak on roller skates using ropes and belays. They have an average slope of 55 degrees. A white “CU” was painted on the side of the third flatiron until the city painted over it in 1980: It is still visible to keen-eyed observers. In 2010, Stefan Griebel (ElEngr’97; MS’00) speed-climbed the east face of the third Flatiron in only 5 minutes 59 seconds. According to the most recent Trip Advisor evaluations, the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado are the most popular tourist destination in... Read More

Boulder Trail Review: First and Second Flatirons

July 12th, 2022

Boulder is famous for the majestic sandstone flatirons jutting from the mountainside above the town. Most people probably know that you can hike these soaring monoliths. The first and second flatiron trail is one of the most popular in Boulder County, climbing 2.7 miles through rocky debris and pine forests to sit among the boulders for which the city is named. Our Ratings: Crowd: 2/5. This is a very busy trail. On fair days and weekends you’ll be following a steady stream of other hikers up and down the mountain. Even at sunrise and during the winter the trail is well populated. If you’re... Read More

7 Fascinating and Unknown Facts About Boulder

July 5th, 2022

Think you know everything there is to know about Boulder? See how many of these fun facts you already know! 1. Bicycling in Boulder is so popular that the Boulder Creek bike path is often plowed before the streets 2. Boulder’s Third Flatiron towers are taller than the Empire State Building and have been climbed by people without using their hands, on roller skates, and naked (by separate people) 3. Between Coors, Anheuser Busch, and Avery Brewing in Colorado, this area is the largest beer-producing triangle in the world 4. Boulder has more used bookstores per capita than any other city... Read More

[Video] Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado

June 15th, 2022

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Outdoor Pics of the Day – Boulder after Spring Snow Storm

May 22nd, 2022

Outdoor Boulder photos captured on Sunday morning following Boulder’s spring snowstorm. Boulder recieved 8.3 inches of snow. Photographed at 75th and Arapahoe Avenues. Photo Credits: Greg Anderson    Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

May 18th, 2022

“Running clears my head and is a great way for me to relieve stress. I try to get out every day for either physical or mental reasons. I love it because it gives me a freedom unlike anything else. I can zone out completely or focus on certain issues and work it out in my head. Most importantly, beer tastes that much better after a solid run.” Thanks for the insight Josh!  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Allison

May 16th, 2022

Meet Allison! As a Graduate student in Architecture, Allison appreciates the sustainable lifestyle  Boulder has to offer and believes that “the mountains are a perfect remedy” for any break from the hustle and bustle. When she’s not hiking, snowboarding, or walking her dog,  After she graduates, Allison hopes to move back to Boulder and work as a licensed Architect; already looking forward to afternoons by Coot Lake and endless sunshine once again. Thanks Allison!  Read More