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Trail Review: Green Mountain West Trail, Boulder CO

May 28th, 2020

You can find the Green Mountain West Trail up the winding roads of the Boulder County Open Space. This 2.7 mile out-and-back trail gains 627 feet and offers stunning mountain vistas and a vantage point of Boulder below. If the weather is good, get there early or late to find parking on the gravel side of the road. Our ratings: Crowd: 3.5/5. This is a moderately popular trail. Depending on the weather and time of day, you’ll be sharing this trail with a decent group of people. The hike itself typically isn’t very busy, but once you reach the summit you’ll be jockeying for space with most of... Read More

Ten Reasons Why Boulder Rocks

May 28th, 2020

Happy cows may come from California, but happy people come from Boulder. And for good reason! Boulder has so much to offer, it’s no wonder that people here are considered to be among the happiest in the country. Narrowing this list down was the real challenge, but here are ten reasons why Boulder rocks: 1. Hiking, Biking, and Climbing Okay, maybe that’s three reasons, but the main theme here is mountains. Nestled right at the base of the Rockies, Boulder has over 300 miles of hiking and biking trails, and countless opportunities for climbing and bouldering (imagine that). Even if you don’t... Read More

Boulder #1 City For Outdoorsy People to Move To

May 27th, 2020

Nature World News has compiled a list for where outdoorsy people are moving to, and Boulder, CO has topped the list. People seek outdoorsy places to live because of the stated relief in anxiety levels, stress busting, better cognitive benefits, enhanced immune system and many more. The first city in the list of preferred outdoorsy cities in US include Boulder at the top ranking. The city offers a perfect opportunity to lead a contended life with best amenities at disposal and amazing accommodation options. Moreover, the city has some of the best schools in the US and also a low crime rate. The... Read More

Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado

May 27th, 2020

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What the Heck is a Chautauqua?

May 24th, 2020

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

5 Hidden Gems Near Boulder

May 23rd, 2020

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

Outdoor Adventure of the Week: Walker Ranch Loop

May 21st, 2020

Nestled up Flagstaff Road just a few miles outside Boulder, you will find a collection of three different trails. The longest and one of the most popular is Walker Ranch Loop. Nearly 8 miles long, this moderate trail has a total elevation gain of about 1700′ and is popular among hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers alike. If you find that you want to spend even longer in this beautiful area long after you finish your hike, there are picnic tables located at each of the three area trailheads. Pack up a simple picnic or grab a sandwich on your way out of town and enjoy your lunch in the... Read More

How Many of These Fun Facts Do You Know About Boulder?

May 18th, 2020

How well do you know the city that you live in? Here are 7 facts you can use for your next virtual trivia night! 1. The median age of Boulderites is just 29 years old 36% of the population in Boulder is between the ages of 25-44, with the median age being 29. The fact that Boulder is a college town may skew the population younger than most cities. 2. Boulder has 10 sister cities They’re located in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Jalapa, Nicaragua; Lhasa, Tibet; Mante, Mexico; Yamagata, Japan; Kathmandu, Nepal; Kisumu, Kenya; Nablus, Palestine; Ramat Hanagev; Yateras, Cuba. Dushanbe gave Boulder its... Read More

Steps to Summit Your First 14er

May 17th, 2020

When you look out over the mountain peaks that make Colorado one of the most beautiful places to live in the country, you may see certain summits that tower over the others, snowcapped even late into the summer. Many of these are known as 14ers, and their height reaches over 14,000 feet above sea level. There are 58 of these massive peaks in Colorado, the most of any state in the country, and conquering them is a rite of passage for any outdoor enthusiast. But don’t think you can just hop on a trail and summit a 14er—these monsters take more preparation than you might think. Here’s a handy... Read More

Tips for Backcountry Camping

May 14th, 2020
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While I love pulling up in a vehicle to a campsite and unloading right there, there’s something extra rewarding and enjoyable about backcountry camping where you have to park at a trailhead and hike your gear in. If you’ve never gone backpacking or camping in the backcountry, it can seem daunting, so we’ve made a handy guide for getting started! Pack Light While you may think you want that cozy blanket or two hardcover books to read now, once you’ve been carrying them for a few hours you’ll regret it. No matter how far you’re hiking, packing light is very important. Your pack should... Read More

4 Cannabis-Infused Snacks to Refuel Mind and Body on Your Next Hike

May 12th, 2020

Featured Photo Credit: Leafly  Slipping on your hiking boots and hitting the trails is an excellent way to stay healthy, but it takes more than just a good pair of shoes to keep you going all day. Whether the hike is at a beginner’s pace or perhaps something more advanced, a mindfully made edible can enhance the experience by invigorating the senses and energizing the body with its healthy, natural ingredients. First, the cannabis-infused base you’re going to need for all of these recipes: cannabis oil. Coconut oil is an excellent choice when it comes to cannabis infusion due to its high fat... Read More

Gross Reservoir: One of Boulder’s Best Kept Secrets

May 7th, 2020

Summer is approaching and it is a glorious thing. For those looking to hike, bike, climb and fish, it is time to head past your favorite Chautauqua hike and to get deeper into the Front Range. Summer in Boulder means adventuring during the day and soaking up the campfire glow at night. For those that are lucky, over the next few months your puffy jacket will be drenched in a smoky smell and your Subaru will have a thin layer of mud on the floorboards. Boulder sits in the gateway to the Rockies and within an hour drive there are countless camping locations, climbing hideaways, and world class hikes. Gross... Read More

Coot Lake: Your Favorite New Place for an Afternoon Walk

May 6th, 2020

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. Although,... Read More

Top 5 Beautiful Colorado Waterfall Hikes

April 25th, 2020

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

6 New Social Distancing Rules for Keeping Hiking Trails Open in Boulder

April 24th, 2020

Physical activity is still considered essential activity, and for the time being, many trails are still open in Boulder for hiking and biking. However, government officials have closed some and considered closing others because of the huge mass of people that keep arriving at them, making social distancing difficult. Here’s six rules for social distancing to ensure that we can keep the trails open! 1. Hike like a pro–know when to go Expert hikers and bikers know the best time to go is in the early morning and late evening when trails aren’t so full. This is especially true now... Read More

Snake Season Quickly Approaching in Boulder

April 23rd, 2020

Despite the chilly temps this week, it has been and will be pretty warm outside; snakes are back out in the fields and trails around Boulder. But never fear, Boulder County is home to only one venomous snake, the prairie rattlesnake. There are a few kinds of nonvenomous snakes that reside here as well, but you will likely only get confused when you see a Bull snake. Bull snakes are quite common around Boulder and their large size and similar pattern to that of a prairie rattlesnake get people worried when they come across one on the trail. Here are some ways to tell them apart: 1. Coloring/Pattern Both... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of The Day!

April 12th, 2020

  M: “[Home is] where you feel like you should be at the moment… where you are exercising your gifts the most.” D: “Yeah, it is where you develop the most relationships that give you a sense of drive, where those relationships you form show you that they hold a lot of potential. Colorado definitely fits my idea of home.” -Debbie and Mille, Pearl Street Debbie and Mille are both Bible school students. Debbie loves anything to do with art and music, while Mille likes typography, hiking, and everything outdoors.  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day

April 3rd, 2020

Keith didn’t think he was going to make it to the summit of the flatirons. He’s from Pennsylvania, but made the trip out to Boulder so he could visit a friend. Keith was worried that hiking mountains that are already a mile high would prove to be difficult. He was especially worried about getting altitude sickness and suffering through horrible headaches – which have been a problem for him in the past. After hearing stories from friends and family that have visited, he was expecting to be out of breath and in need of oxygen almost immediately. But, on the contrary, he found it much easier... Read More

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

March 22nd, 2020

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

Settler’s Park in Boulder

March 20th, 2020

Settler’s Park is a pretty area with an array of short trails. With red rocks, springing up from the same formation that caused the well known music doused Red Rocks in Morrison, CO- the Fountain Formation- Settler’s park is alive with geology, ecology, and history. As City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks says on their website: “Settlers’ Park got its name because it was thought to be the location of the first permanent camp of American settlers in the Boulder area.” That was back in 1858, when the area was still just being explored. You can find more information... Read More