Boulder Colorado is a top destination for tourists because of its numerous attractions. These fun attractions include hiking, shopping, eating, drinking, and learning.
Top Hiking Spots in Boulder
The Flatirons are the most famous attraction in Boulder. This unique geological formation is accessible from Chautauqua Park and is visible almost anywhere in Boulder. The Flatirons arose when a glacier pushed mountains onto their sides leaving the flattened undersides and layers of sediment visible. The Flatirons resemble three irons set down in the ground, thus their name. This attraction is not only a great place to hike, but also a popular place to rappel, as well as, just to enjoy their innate beauty. The Flatirons are a stunning attraction in all seasons.
Eldorado Canyon is in Boulder’s backyard. Picture yourself hiking near towering sandstone cliffs, climbing the sheer golden walls of “Eldo,” or picnicking near the South Boulder Creek. Eldorado Canyon State Park was selected as one of the Ten State Parks You Can’t Miss by SmarterTravel.com
Eldorado Canyon’s five hundred technical rock climbing routes bring people from around the world to challenge their rock climbing skills. Hiking and biking trails from easy to difficult connect with Boulder’s trail system.
You can also fish in Boulder Creek or just enjoy the scenic beauty that surrounds you.
Flagstaff Mountain is on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. The elevation of this attraction is 6,983 feet and is on the Front Range of the Rockies.
Flagstaff Mountain includes hiking and biking trails, picnic areas,as well as, an outdoor amphitheater and Summit Nature Center.
Another attraction on Flagstaff Mountain is Hobo Cave, a single room cave beneath a rock buttress, where daring climbers use it for bouldering.
Mount Sanitas Trail
Mount Sanitas Tail is located at the end of Mapleton Avenue in Boulder. The 3.2 mile picturesque loop uses Mount Sanitas Trail to ascend, East Ridge Trail to descend and the Sanitas Valley Trail to cool down. There is a moderately steep ascent up Sanitas Mountain. You will have to step on logs and boulders along the way but can rest under the shade of trees. Once you reach the top, all of Boulder is visible to the east and foothills and the Indian Peaks mountains can be seen to the west. This is a very popular trail with the locals and it is sure to get your blood flowing as you climb 6,843 feet to reach the summit.
The hike to Boulder Falls is only 300 feet. It is surrounded by the cliffs of Boulder Canyon and Ponderosa pine trees. The 70 foot high Boulder Falls is a stunning attraction and is a perfect day hike for those in or near Boulder. It is located about 9 miles west of Boulder.
The Mesa Trail is 11.9 mile loop with a gain in elevation of 2,273 feet. The southern trailhead is located on the south side of Boulder near the Rocky Flats National WIldlife Refuge. Access from the north is at the end of Bluebell Road in Chautauqua. This moderately rated trail is set in the forest and offers a number of activity options.
Switzerland Trail is a 17.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
he Switzerland Trail (National Forest System Road 327) is an old railroad grade that zigzags across the mountains of Boulder County. The narrow-gauge railroad transported people, supplies and ores between the City of Boulder and the county’s mining communities, including Gold Hill, Ward, Cardinal, Nederland and Eldora from 1883 to 1919.
Switzerland Trail is a dirt and rock road that follows an old railroad bed through the foothills west of Boulder. There are no obstacles necessary to complete the route and because the trail follows the railroad route, the road grade is very gradual with no steep climbs