Where stunning scenery and vibrant culture collide.
Welcome to Boulder
Nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and just 30 minutes outside Denver, the community of Boulder has quickly become one of Colorado's most popular places to live. With an excellent public transportation system and rated as one of the best cities for bikes, locals and visitors alike can easily access a historic downtown and other popular locations throughout Boulder to enjoy the diverse offerings of restaurants, breweries, and shops.
Formerly known as Boulder City, the first settlement was established in 1858, fueled by reports of gold in the area. By 1871, Boulder was officially incorporated. Since beginning as a small mining town, Boulder has since expanded to a city closing in on 110,000 residents.
What to Love
Breathtaking landscapes and abundant outdoor activities
Renowned restaurants and eclectic breweries
First-rate education system
Boulder has a reputation for being progressive, outdoorsy, and adventurous. This likely factors into why the city consistently ranks among the best when it comes to a high quality of life. On most days, you'll find residents enjoying an abundance of recreational activities available. Popular adventures include kayaking, fishing, camping, and hiking.
Boulder is also home to the esteemed University of Colorado. With a total enrollment of over 33,000, college students can enjoy campus athletics, club activities, and other school- sponsored events. A college town, local sporting events draw thousands of fans each weekend, who show up to support their local team.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Showcasing numerous award-winning restaurants, there is no shortage of eclectic and mouthwatering treats to be had in Boulder. SALTdelivers incredible cuisine with farm-to-table dishes and high-quality ingredients. For a taste of comfort, look no further than River and Woods. Located downtown, dishes like the Rocky Mountain Trout and Ole Hickory St. Louis Ribs will warm your soul. Finally, we can't discuss the local food scene without mentioning Boulder’s ever-growing brewery scene. Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries offers 75 different beers, with new releases every month. Pair your favorite with an all-natural burger or one of their delicious appetizers.
If you're interested in shopping, the Pearl Street Mall is located within walking distance of several downtown restaurants. This pedestrian-only, outdoor shopping center utilizing a historical main street of Boulder, features a wide variety of selections, including clothing stores, jewelry, progressive art galleries, and more.
Things to Do
There is no shortage of activities in Boulder. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, visit the Flatirons Vista. With an easy difficulty rating, this trail is great for beginning hikers or families. If you're looking for more of a challenge, the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is rated at a moderate difficulty level and features 3.6 miles of breathtaking views. If you are a fitness enthusiast, Bolder Boulder 10K marathon, parade, expo, and Memorial Day Tribute can't be missed.
For over 60 years, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has been a staple for entertainment in Boulder. In coordination with the University of Colorado, the festival showcases numerous shows and examines the impact of the playwright and his work.
If you want a laid-back day, the Boulder Farmers Market is a favorite among residents. Located near Boulder High School, the market's mission is to support and promote local agriculture. Finish out the day at theBoulder Theater. In business since 1906 and a Boulder institution, the charming theater is host to premier entertainment such as music, theater, and comedy shows.
If you're looking to experience some of the rich cultures Boulder has to offer, the Chautauqua is unmatched. The historical landmark hosts over one million visitors annually and is home to concerts, art exhibits, and festivals set against a stunning backdrop.
The Boulder Valley School District serves the community of Boulder. Notable schools include: