Boulder is known as one of the best places to live because of its beautiful setting, its 45,000 acres of open space and its lively atmosphere. Home to approximately 100,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Over 300 miles of bike lanes, bike paths, bike routes, designated shoulders and paths in and around Boulder, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation excellent options for getting around town.
Just a few of Boulder’s unique attractions include:
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, www.boulderteahouse.com
Boulder Farmers' Market, www.boulderfarmers.org/boulder/boulder/html
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, www.bmoca.org
Chautauqua Park & Auditorium, www.chautauqua.com
Colorado Shakespeare Festival, www.coloradoshakes.org
Historic Downtown Boulder & Pearl Street Mall, www.boulderdowntown.com
Twenty Ninth Street Mall, www.twentyninthstreet.com
Want to expand your horizons on the weekend? The Mile High City is only 30 miles away. Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.; has world-class professional sports, theatre, concerts, museums and parks; and you can get there fast and for free on RTD with your RTD CollegePass card.
Shopping and nightlife along the 16th Street Mall
Concerts and plays at Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), www.denvercenter.org.
Art exhibits at the Denver Art Museum, www.denverartmuseum.org.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, www.dmnh.org.
The Denver Botanical Gardens, www.botanicgardens.org.
The Denver Zoo, www.denverzoo.org.
The Colorado State Capitol Building, www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-history-colorado-state-capitol-denver.
The Black American West Museum, www.blackamericanwestmuseum.com/.
Boulder is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape that offers countless ways to be active outside. With more than 42 state parks, plus national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, national forests and wildlife areas, options abound for hiking, climbing, camping, cycling, backpacking and more.
CU-Boulder is also home to a hiking club as well as the Outdoor Program, which aids students in their outdoor adventures by offering gear rental and informational clinics on topics such as fly fishing, river rescue basics, backpacking skills, wilderness medicine, climbing techniques and much more. Visit the Outdoor Program’s website, http://www.colorado.edu/recreation/outdoor-program to learn more.
Excellent downhill ski areas are located a short distance from Boulder. National forest and park service lands, are open to cross-country skiers wherever there is snow. Maps of national forest and park locations are available at retail stores specializing in mountain sports. Regardless of where you go, be alert to snow and weather conditions. Remember that storms might approach quickly during the winter, and the State Patrol might require chains or adequate snow tires for traveling on mountain roads. Drive and ski carefully.
To reach the Colorado Department of Transportation information hotline, call 303-639-1111 or visit www.cotrip.org.
To hear the Colorado Ski Country Resort snow report, call 303-825-7669 or visit www.coloradoski.com/snowreport.
Boulder and the Arts
Boulder boasts a vibrant arts and culture community, making it easy for students to find and participate in activities like music concerts, art exhibits, public lectures and more.
The CU-Boulder Art Museum houses an impressive collection of over eight-thousand works of art, including ancient Greek ceramics, Old Master works on paper, Pop Art paintings and growing collection of modern and contemporary art. Visit https://cuartmuseum.colorado.edu to learn more.
Boulder is also home to the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, or BMoCA, where visitors can explore a number of educational programs and special events, or simply enjoy one of the museum’s rotating exhibitions. More information available at http://bmoca.org.
With 300 miles of bike lanes, bike paths, bike routes, designated shoulders and paths in and around Boulder, bicycle transportation couldn’t be easier. It’s no wonder USA Today Travel ranked Boulder one of the top 10 friendliest cities for bikes in 2014.
CU-Boulder students must register their bikes on campus at the UMC Bike Station located east of the UMC or in the Folsom Bike Station at the southwest corner of the Engineering Center. Registration is free and gives cyclists access to bike station services.
Within the city of Boulder, cyclists can rent, ride and drop off bikes at various locations through B-Cycle. Learn more at www.boulder.bcycle.com. Students can also rent bikes from the CU Environmental Center for either an entire semester or on a short term basis. Visit colorado.edu/ecenter/transportation/bike-program-highlights for details.
Bike Registration. Registration is free of charge, mandatory on campus and gives you access to bike station services. To register your bike, visit the UMC Bike Station located east of the UMC or the Folsom Bike Station located at the southwest corner of the Engineering Center.
Renting. B-Cycle (boulder.bcycle.com) lets you rent, ride and drop off bikes at various locations around Boulder. The CU Environmental Center also provides bikes. You can either rent them for an entire semester or borrow them free on a 48-hour basis through Buff Bikes (colorado.edu/ecenter/transportation/bike-program-highlights).
Boulder’s reputation as a pedestrian-friendly city is apparent in the city’s extensive bus system, which allows CU-Boulder students and Boulder residents to get around and out of town easily without needing a car. Students receive a free bus pass
Most buses run every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours and on weekdays and weekends, and students can ride free by using their student bus pass. See goboulder.net and rtd-denver.com for more details.