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Alpine panorama

Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research LTER site looking west towards (left to right) North and South Arapaho, Kiowa, Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni Peaks. Niwot ridge is located at the INSTAAR Mountain Research Station, about 20 miles from Boulder. The flower in the foreground is Old-Man-of-the-Mountain (Hymenoxis grandiflora).  Photo: B. Bowman (INSTAAR).


Local Info

Things to do around Boulder...

Colorado Ski Resorts
Ski Conditions
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).

Creek Path
Total Boulder
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)
Visitor Center
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
Downtown Boulder
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 15th Streets.

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory
Guest tours
Free factory tours Monday - Saturday. The all-peppermint room is not to be missed! Free tea tastings. 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Gunbarrel.

Chautauqua Park
Boulder Open Space and Mtn Parks
Trail Map
Hike beneath the Flatiron cliffs or eat in the historic Dining Hall. Near 9th and Baseline.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Official site
Beautiful, large alpine park located about 1 hour from Boulder in Estes Park.

Boulder Dining Guide
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.

Map of restaurants near INSTAAR


Boulder maps
Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Boulder
Visitor info: U of Colorado

Boulder Area
Boulder Community Network
City of Denver


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 schedule will be in your registration packet.

map with koenig

Bus with Flatiron mountains in background

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 Street 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.


Boulder Science...



University of Colorado

CEAE Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Geological Sciences
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (PAOS)

Government Science Laboratories

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
US Geological Survey (in Denver)

Scientific societies

Geological Society of America