Climbing is one of the main reasons that Boulder is ranked as “America’s Number One Sports Town” by Outside Magazine. The Flatirons at Chautauqua Park have some of the best climbing in Colorado. The Third Flatirons is world famous.
Boulder has hundreds of hiking trails of all levels. Most are well marked. People are always hiking with their dogs, and are very friendly. The views are just spectacular. It's a great way to get a work out.
Equipment: Hiking boots
Head out to Chautauqua Park and go for a short or long hike in the Rocky Mountains! There is also a restaurant/dining hall and an auditorium where they have concerts and film festivals. For a complete schedule listing upcoming events, check the website.
Equipment: Comfortable hiking boots or shoes.
There is a hike that starts at Bear Lake and you have several choices from there. All are good. Lake Heyaha (sp?) is nice goal for the person in moderately good physical condition. The Loch and beyond are awesome. You have to scramble to get up to Cloud Lake. I couldn't do it because it looked scarier than it really was. Great views all around!
Equipment: Hiking boots, water, layers, rain gear. All the usual things for rugged terrain and changing weather conditions.
Rock climbing is very popular in Boulder. The three Flatirons formations have a series of routes for all abilities. Also well known is Eldorado Canyon State Park, about 5 miles outside of town, which has many climbing routes as well.
Equipment: Proper equipment is required. There are several outfitters in Boulder who rent equipment or provide guide services.
There are many biking trails in the Boulder area. The trails range from the Boulder Creek Path, which is relatively easy, to the tough ride up Flastaff mountain.
Equipment: Bike rentals are available.
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Boulder creek is one of the most popular and exciting tubing rivers in America.
Equipment: Get a tube and wear your shoes.