Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research
LTER site looking west towards (left to right) North and
South Arapaho, Kiowa,
and Shoshoni Peaks. Niwot ridge is located at the INSTAAR
Mountain Research Station, about 20 miles from Boulder. The
in the foreground is Old-Man-of-the-Mountain (Hymenoxis
B. Bowman (INSTAAR).
Things to do around Boulder...
Colorado Ski Resorts
If you like to ski, you might want to know that March
tends to be Colorado's snowiest month. Colorado has more than
15 ski resorts, some only 21 miles from Boulder (Eldora).
There are also a
number of high alpine resorts on and near the continental divide
within 1.5 - 2 hours drive (Loveland, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin,
Breckinridge, Keystone, et al).
The 16-mile long Boulder Creek bike path is a great east-west
route for walking, roller blading, bicycling, etc. It can
be accessed about 1 block south of INSTAAR
along 30th Street. To the west, it roughly parallels Arapahoe Ave, lying
a few blocks south of
it until Broadway and then about a block north of Arapahoe. Heading west
from INSTAAR, it travels beside campus, to downtown and
up into the mountains. Heading
east from INSTAAR, it travels several miles over flat ground.
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Located on a breathtaking site at the base of the Flatirons,
NCAR offers self-guided tours Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm,
weekends and holidays 9 am -3 pm. 1850 Table Mesa Drive.
Pearl Street Mall
This pedestrian-friendly outdoor mall hosts an array of galleries,
specialty shops, ethnic restaurants, etc. Buskers ply their
trade if it isn't too cold (jugglers, magicians, contortionists,
clowns). Downtown on Pearl Street between 11th and
Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory
Free factory tours Monday - Saturday. The all-peppermint room
is not to be missed! Free tea tastings. 4600 Sleepytime
Open Space and Mtn Parks
Hike beneath the Flatiron cliffs or eat in the historic
Dining Hall. Near 9th and Baseline.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Beautiful, large alpine park located about 1 hour from Boulder
in Estes Park.
Boulder has many good restaurants and cafes, especially on and
near the Pearl Street Mall.
Below is a map of
food options within walking distance of INSTAAR. Not all options
are shown. Places labelled "restaurant" have wait
service and may take longer to serve your food.
Workshop Dinner on Friday 12 March...
The Friday dinner will be at the Koenig Alumni House from 6 to 10 pm.
Koenig is shown on detailed map below. A shuttle van
will travel between the Best Western Boulder Inn and Koenig
several times during the early evening and several times during
the late evening. The shuttle
be in your registration packet.
The Hop - one of Boulder's small buses. Photo:
Community Transit Network web site.
Getting around town...
Boulder has a Community
Transit Network (CTN) of small buses that run frequently along several
loops as well as the regional bus system, called RTD.
Particularly useful are the HOP (circles town),
SKIP (Broadway), JUMP (Arapahoe), LEAP (Pearl), and BOUND (30th St). BOUND
runs north and south on 30th Street approximately every 30 minutes. Those staying
at the Broker Inn can board the BOUND at the intersection of 30th Street and
Baseline (a short distance from the Inn) and get off near or at Arapahoe Avenue
(a short distance to INSTAAR). The HOP runs in a loop connecting the Pearl
Mall, the Crossroads Mall, and campus. HOP buses go every 7-20 minutes, depending
on time of day; day and evening routes differ slightly. CTN bus fares are on
the order of 75 cents. Call call 303-299-6000 for more CTN route information
or check maps and schedules on the web site.
Boulder has several cab companies including Yellow Transportation, which is
associated with the SuperShuttle service between the airport and Boulder.
Phone: 303.227.0000. Facsimile: 303.443.9309
The David Skaggs Research Center is
the new home for the NOAA-Boulder organizations including
a number of laboratories and data centers. Photo: David
Skaggs Research Center web site.
University of Colorado
Ecology & Evolutionary
Atmospheric & Oceanic
Government Science Laboratories
for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
National Oceanic & Atmospheric
US Geological Survey (in