Boulder, CO

About Boulder, CO 

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Boulder offers 45,000 acres of open space and 300 miles of trails. Boulder has about 100,000 residents and prides itself as a health-conscious and environmentally friendly community.  Residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine, a nationally recognized high quality of life, and strong education system.

The community of Boulder has a wide range of offerings, from arts and culture to outdoor adventures and culinary delights. It offers exciting nightlife, interesting annual events and celebrations, and a diverse population.

Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, an hour from the Denver International Airport, and an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park. 


A sampling of Boulder's many attractions:

Boulder Creek Path: walk or bike a 16 mile trail through Boulder.

Boulder Farmers' Market: find local Colorado produce and prepared foods.

Boulder Reservoir: offers swimming, boating, hiking, and more during May through September.

Chautauqua Park: hike within a historic landmark.

Dushanbe Teahouse: visit a gift from our sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 

Flagstaff Mountain and Summit Center: see spectacular views of Boulder.

Pearl Street Mall and Downtown: Some say the Pearl Street Mall is quintessential Boulder. Outstanding shopping, dining, services and entertainment & events, not to mention the best people watching in the state.

Twenty-Ninth Street Mall: Top shopping, dining, views and more in Boulder’s great outdoors

Annual Events

Bolder Boulder: Run a 10 kilometer race through Boulder Memorial Day weekend.

Boulder Creek Festival: Occurs every Memorial Day weekend and includes a variety of food and entertainment alongside Boulder Creek.

Boulder International Film Festival: Offers four days of international film screenings, workshops, and panels over President's Day weekend.

Colorado Music Festival: Showcases classical musicians from around the world for six weeks every summer.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Occurs every summer in CU-Boulder's outdoor Mary Rippon Theater with a variety of plays.

Conference on World Affairs: Held on-campus and offers a forum on international affairs, including an extensive schedule of discussions and debates.


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  • Healthiest Town in the US - #2 -Men's Health
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  • Most Bicycle Friendly Cities in the World - #4 - Virgin Vacations website
  • Most Educated City in America - #1 - Forbes magazine
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  • Best Green Places to Live in America - #5 - Country Home magazine
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  • America's Foodiest Town - #1 - Bon Appetit magazine


Only 30 miles from Boulder, Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., known for its national sports events, museums, restaurants, shopping, parks, and pathways. Top attractions include:

Rocky Mountains

Colorado is also home to 25 official ski and snowboard resorts. Approximately 11 are within three hours driving time from Boulder. Eldora Mountain Resort, the closest ski area, is just 20 miles away. The Rocky Mountain region of Colorado is abundant with streams, lakes, and more than 1,000 peaks over two miles high. Rocky Mountain National Park is located 45 miles from Boulder.