Published: Oct. 26, 2020 By

It has been a strange and unique semester for many of our first-year MENV students. Moving to a new city and starting a graduate program amidst a global pandemic can be quite daunting. Fortunately, many of our first-year students have been able to adapt to the current situation and settle right in, and many report that Boulder already feels like home. With no shortage of safe activities to do in and around Boulder, our students have been having a blast. We've created a little guide to Boulder and the Front Range region based on what some of our MENVers have been up to this fall. Check it out!


View of the FlatironsMany of our MENV students have been busy hiking all around the Front Range. In fact, many would say it’s one of their favorite outdoor activities in the Boulder area. Below is a list of some of the hiking trails that are most popular among the MENV students:

  • Dakota Ridge
  • NCAR Mesa
  • Gregory Canyon
  • Mt. Sanitas
  • Royal Arch
  • Green Mountain
  • Walker Ranch
  • Continental Divide Overlook
  • Sugarloaf


Girl traversing river via ziplineClimbing is another popular activity among MENV students. Luckily for these courageous adventurers, the Front Range has some of the best climbing in the country! Check out these spots that MENVers frequent for a day of good climbing:

  • Boulder Rock Club (gym)
  • Movement (gym)
  • Evo (gym)
  • The CU Rec Center (gym)
  • Boulder Canyon
  • The Flatirons
  • Eldorado State Park
  • Clear Creek


Whether it’s up in the mountains or along many of the scenic roadways of the Front Range, many of our MENV students love biking. Check out this list of great biking trails that our MENV students have been exploring this semester:

  • Hall Ranch
  • Doudy Draw
  • Betasso
  • Walker Ranch
  • Boulder Creek Bike Path
  • Any road east of Boulder (great views of Flatirons!)


People walking around park with mountains in backgroundWe have some avid trail runners in our program! Several of our MENV students love to get a nice sweat in by running around the Front Range. Check out some of the places they frequently run:

  • Marshall Mesa
  • Boulder Valley Ranch
  • Eldorado Springs
  • Walker Ranch
  • Davidson Mesa
  • Green Mountain Peak
  • Bear Peak
  • Continental Divide Overlook


Whether they’re cooking something fresh at home or heading to local restaurants for a bite to eat, MENVers love their food. Check out some of their favorite restaurants in the Boulder area:

  • Little Tibet
  • South Side Walnut Café
  • Rayback Collective Taco Truck
  • Tierra y Fuego
  • Bramble and Hare
  • Yurihana
  • Curry 'n Kebob
  • Sherpas
  • Tangerine
  • Buddha Thai
  • Flower Child
  • Avanti
  • Aloy Thai
  • Dish
  • Thrive
  • Bar Taco
  • Mountain Sun
  • Rincon Argentino
  • Cosmo’s
  • Pizzeria Locale
  • Sushi Zanmai
  • Illegal Pete’s
  • Hapa Sushi
  • Lucille’s

Although these times have made it difficult for our students to connect with one another, MENVers have gotten creative in finding fun, safe ways to connect with their peers. Whether it’s outside and masked or over Zoom, students report that they are creating strong relationships that will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to continue exploring the Front Range together––this semester and beyond!