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Faces of Boulder- Pic of the Day!

January 27th, 2023

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

[Video] Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado

January 26th, 2023

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

January 25th, 2023

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

Hike of the Week: Flagstaff

January 22nd, 2023

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

An Ode to Vertical Adventure – Boulder Style

January 22nd, 2023

If you have lived in Boulder long enough, you have probably noticed climbers with their callused hands and their chalk-covered capris. You can witness climbers in their natural environment at any one of the six climbing gyms in Boulder, or meandering through the prepared foods section in WholeFoods for a post-workout meal. More commonly though, climbers embark on migrations to outdoor challenges, whether that means the thousand feet of climbing up the Flatirons, or the granite boulders in Rocky Mountain National Park, or the day-long climb up The Diamond on Longs Peak. However, long before protein... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

January 19th, 2023

“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

Best 5 Hiking Trails in Boulder

January 8th, 2023

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

You Never Knew These Fun Facts About Boulder’s Famous Flatirons

January 8th, 2023

In 1953, Dale Johnson climbed the third peak on roller skates using ropes and belays. They have a 55-degree slope on average. A white “CU” was painted on the side of the third flatiron until the city painted over it in 1980. For those with particularly sharp eyes, it can still be seen. In 2010, Stefan Griebel speed-climbed the east face of the third Flatiron in only 5 minutes 59 seconds. The rocks are nearly 300 million years old and took their current shape around 60 million years ago. The Flatirons are also referred to as “The Craqs” and “Chatauqua Slabs.” The... Read More

Are the Boulder Flatirons Remnants of Ancient Beaches?

January 1st, 2023

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

The ULTIMATE Guide to Sledding in Boulder

December 31st, 2022

There’s something intensely satisfying about speeding down a snowy hill on a piece of oversized plastic. You call up your friends, scavenge some sleds from the garage, encase yourself in snow clothes, and embark on your journey towards an incredible sledding hill. Sometimes, however, it’s hard to find the right sledding hill. Much like Goldilocks in The Story of Three Bears, certain sledding hills are too short. Or maybe they’re not steep enough. Maybe they’re even too steep. That’s why I’ve organized a list of the very best sledding hills of Boulder,... Read More

Boulder Trail Review: First and Second Flatirons

December 28th, 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

Faces of Boulder – Allison

December 23rd, 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

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

December 19th, 2022

Whether blazing his own trail or following someone else’s, Dakota is always moving forward. He frequently partakes in trail runs and 14er expeditions, hoping to combine the two this upcoming summer. Dakota’s passion for the outdoors reaches all facets of his life, though. Spearheading a plan to install a community garden/ learning landscape, he will be the first person to implement such am environment on CU Boulder’s East Campus. Although he was born and raised in the Midwest, Boulder and the mountains are home to this outdoor enthusiast. Thanks Dakota!  Read More

7 Fascinating and Unknown Facts About Boulder

December 11th, 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

Boulder’s Controversial Holiday Decoration: Flagstaff Star

December 8th, 2022

If you’ve spent an evening in Boulder since November 11, then you have noticed the giant, lighted star outline on the western face of the Flatirons. What you might not know is how one simple holiday tradition became a hotly contested issue for Boulder citizens, and a medium of political commentary. The Flagstaff Star was originally displayed in 1947 but the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, who still own the start to this day. It was meant as a simply Christmas decoration aimed at uniting Boulder in the spirit of the holiday. The next year, the star began to transform. Shifting between a Christmas... Read More

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

November 6th, 2022

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 as a pet guardian to keep you companion safe and to clean up after him or her. The Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks host a delicate and... Read More

Boulder’s Terrifying Mascot from the 1980s!

October 18th, 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

Outdoor Pic of the Day – Fall and the Flatirons

October 10th, 2022

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Faces of Boulder – Ashley

October 9th, 2022

“The mountains speak to my faerie soul” Hailing all the way from Florida, Ashley has worked as a professional faerie since she was 10 years old. She does so in pursuit of bringing laughter, love, and joy to the world. Being by the mountains “makes me feel like I’m at home” she says. Right now Ashley is looking for her next great adventure; having worked in costuming, real estate, and her very own faerie business she hopes to keep bringing joy and happiness to those around her wherever her adventures take her.  Read More

Outdoor Pics of the Day – Snow in the High Country

October 1st, 2022

Boulder Flatirons and Green Mountain  Longs Peak – 14,259 feet  Read More