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5 Hidden Gems Near Boulder

January 23rd, 2024

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

Longs the LONG way!

December 31st, 2023

Longs Peak from the Scenic Route, Lyons to Estes Park Longs Peak overlooks Boulder like a giant guardian towering from on high, looking down from Rocky Mountain National Park It looks different every day, every hour of every year and from every angle. This shot is part of a drive from Boulder to Estes Park taking the “scenic route.”  Route 36 is the “short way” from Lyons to Estes Park and to the main Park entrance IF you take the right, (ignoring your screaming phone navigator) you might find the 20 minute drive taking an hour. FAR longer than the normally slower longer... Read More

Rocky Mountain Majesty: Longs Peak in All Its Glory at 14,259 Feet Above Sea Level

November 22nd, 2023

In Lafayette, Colorado, a captivating photograph frames the majestic Longs Peak, its summit crowned with glistening snow at over 14,000 feet. This iconic mountain, a sentinel in the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range, beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike, offering both a challenging ascent and a stunning spectacle of natural beauty. Longs Peak, reaching an elevation of 14,259 feet, stands out as a prominent “14er” in Colorado, attracting climbers with its formidable routes and the allure of its snow-capped peak. The diamond-shaped east face, adorned with a white mantle,... Read More

Boulder’s Backyard Beauty: Twin Owls in Rocky Mountain National Park

November 8th, 2023

Twin Owls is one of the most renowned and captivating rock formations situated on Lumpy Ridge within Rocky Mountain National Park, making it a beloved destination for both nature enthusiasts and rock climbers. This iconic natural wonder is steeped in history and boasts several interesting facts that contribute to its allure. Twin Owls earned its name due to its striking resemblance to two owls perched side by side, forming a remarkable geological masterpiece. These massive sandstone rock outcroppings have been sculpted by millions of years of geological processes, including erosion and weathering.... Read More

Boulder Day Trips: 5 Epic & Unforgettable Adventures

November 7th, 2023

Boulder is a large mountain town approximately 25 miles northwest of Denver. Boulder has one of the highest population densities in the state, with approximately 108,000 people spread across just 26 square miles. The city is located in the Boulder Valley, where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, and it has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The Flatirons are a series of massive flat rock formations just west of the city. Because of its location right at the point where the plains and the mountains meet, Boulder is in the ideal spot for day trips to both urban and mountainous... Read More

14,259 Feet Above Sea Level: A Stunning View of Longs Peak’s South Side

November 6th, 2023

The South Side of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is an enchanting vista that encapsulates the sheer beauty and allure of this iconic mountain. As the highest peak in the park and one of the most formidable “Fourteeners” in Colorado, Longs Peak commands respect and admiration from anyone who encounters it. Standing at 14,259 feet (4,346 meters) above sea level, this behemoth of a mountain presents not only a physical challenge but also a visual spectacle. Longs Peak is a testament to the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, and its striking features are brilliantly displayed... Read More

Epic Sunset at 14,259 Feet After the Storm: Longs Peak’s Majestic Beauty Unveiled

October 29th, 2023

Capturing Longs Peak under the surreal illumination of a sunset, with the snow from the most recent storm clinging to its slopes, is truly an epic and once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. This image embodies Colorado’s unpredictable weather, where nature’s whims create a canvas of ever-changing beauty. As the sun’s golden rays embrace the mountain’s snow-covered contours, the landscape transforms into a mesmerizing dreamscape. The juxtaposition of fiery hues against the icy terrain presents a breathtaking contrast, a testament to Colorado’s capricious meteorological... Read More

Boulder’s Best Day Trip: Rocky Mountain National Park

October 12th, 2023

Are you looking for a great day trip from Boulder, Colorado? If so, then Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect destination for you! With its breathtaking views, diverse wildlife, and endless outdoor activities, there is something for everyone at this national park. Whether you’re a nature lover, an avid hiker, or a thrill seeker, you’ll be sure to find something that will make your day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park truly unforgettable. From breathtaking vistas and stunning wildlife to thrilling outdoor activities, this article will take you through all the best things... Read More

High Above the World: Photo of the Day from 8,500’ Mt. Ypsilon’s & Blitzen Ridge

October 10th, 2023

Blitzen Ridge stands out as perhaps the best ridge climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park because of its stunning rock and untamed location in a wilderness environment. Don’t let the 5.4 grade fool you; when making plans for this route, bear in mind that you’ll be climbing a pretty challenging ridge that is vulnerable to lightning and blind to impending storms. Solo climbers in good alpine condition should anticipate reaching Ypsilon’s summit by late morning. Roped parties must prioritize moving quickly and effectively and exhibit greater safety. An early start from the Lawn Lake... Read More

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

July 12th, 2023

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

Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park – Closing Date

September 4th, 2022

Trail Ridge Road spans the park and connects Estes Park to the western slope town of Grand Lake. With an elevation of 12,183 feet, it is the highest continuously paved road in the United States. From Memorial Day weekend until the Park Service closes it in the fall, it is open to vehicle traffic. Snow can cause temporary closures to the Alpine region in early June or late fall. Trail Ridge Road in fall: Latest winter closure was Dec. 2, 1933. Average winter closure Oct. 23. Hiking above timberline in the park       Read More

Welcome to Park Season

May 24th, 2020

Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a glorious place. Home to Longs Peak, the Diamond, Emerald Lake, Bierstadt Lake, Bear Lake, and much more. There are hikes with tear-inducing views, incredible climbing, and world-class fishing. At a time when the Front Range is too hot to climb and local rivers are too fast to fish, it is time to head to The Park. The Park is the ultimate outdoor oasis for both Colorado natives and Colorado newbies. With over 300 miles of hiking trails, The Park has something for everybody: from more difficult hikes like The Keyhole Route up Longs Peak to casual strolls to... Read More

Athlete Spotlight

June 26th, 2015

Boulder is a city full of transplants. People from all over migrate to Boulder for the countless outdoor activities, the beautiful scenery, the culture focused on sustainability and healthy living, among other reasons. Today I sat down with Sarah Filler: a new Boulderite, an avid climber, and setter at the world-renowned climbing gym, The Spot, to talk about living and climbing in Boulder. Where were you living before Boulder? Originally from Buffalo, NY, and I spent a short time in Salt Lake City. What inspired the move?             I wanted to branch out and experience living in another... Read More