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Colorado Chautauqua: Park, Boulder

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Colorado Chautauqua: Park serves as a gathering place for community enrichment and a gateway to Colorado's natural beauty. The institution was founded around the turn of the 20th century as part of a widespread educational and cultural movement directed at rural America. Now, the complex offers lodging and accommodations, as well as food, entertainment, and event venues. At the historical dining hall, enjoy a meal with a scenic view of trees and mountains. Join a town walking tour of the facility and its associated buildings, which includes an auditorium listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours offered by the complex itself are also available. Be sure to book early as they fill up fast. Add Colorado Chautauqua: Park to your Boulder travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Boulder trip itinerary site.
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  • Beautiful sunset views, bring a headlamp if you wish to stay later and hike down on the dark. There are many trails from almost flat to rocky and steep, you can’t go wrong visiting here. 
    Beautiful sunset views, bring a headlamp if you wish to stay later and hike down on the dark. There are many trails from almost flat to rocky and steep, you can’t go wrong visiting here.  more »
  • Great place to hike on the edge of Boulder. Very busy, limited parking. Pretty good uphill start to most hikes, not for everyone. nice view of the rock formations. Places to actually scramble or... 
    Great place to hike on the edge of Boulder. Very busy, limited parking. Pretty good uphill start to most hikes, not for everyone. nice view of the rock formations. Places to actually scramble or...  more »
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  • We were told the Bear Canyon trail was the most known Boulder beginner hike. We brought our toddlers to do it with us! We went on a weekday and it was not busy. Definitely a kid-friendly hiking experience, but a bit too much on the hills at the end. We ended up carrying them for about 1/3 of the way. Gorgeous views - absolutely beautiful! The pictures I got were only with a smartphone camera. We also saw a mid-size bull snake, a doe, cows, a plethora of birds and butterflies. The bugs were manageable without bug spray. Lots of plant species, flowers, rock specimens and natural landscape to observe if you're into natural history. A few little streams along the trail, and several shady spots to take a water break. We did not see public restrooms or a place to get maps of the trail prior. We were able to download it to our phone before coming. Overall, an easy hike without kids and better suited for kids 6+ if you are doing the whole loop.
  • I LOVE CHAUTAUQUA PARK!!! I come to Chautauqua park a few times a month to either meet friends in the park or hike-it’s truly is a gorgeous place, and it always puts me in a good mood close to nature. I believe the statistic says that Chautauqua park is frequented more often than The Rocky Mountain National Park (which is about 40 min from Chautauqua in Estes). But if you are visiting the Boulder/Denver area, you should visit both, as they are both breathtaking and overall amazing places. Chautauqua is perfect for a family adventure, with friends, pretty much it’s perfect for any person who loves nature, mountains, and a great view! Sometimes I just grab a coffee and hike up the first part of the Chautauqua main trail. It can be pretty busy on weekends and holidays, so beware. The parking is good though, you just might have to walk a bit to get to the entrance if it’s a weekend-and most parking spaces nearby do make you pay. I also often bring my Alaskan Malamute, as it’s a dog-friendly trail, and she loves it! You won’t regret visiting this spectacular Boulder landmark, the flat irons are truly a sight to see and worth the trip!

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