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Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

Park, Concert Hall, and Trail
Chautauqua, Boulder
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  • Ranked #2 for parks in Boulder
  • outdoor DIVAS
    "Check out the trails at the ranger station"(3 Tips)
    *iVy
    "Hike to the Royal Arch is awesome and strenuous."(19 Tips)
    Colorado
    "up-close with the Flatirons"(3 Tips)
    Neil Kearney - Boulder Realtor
    "1 to 1.5 hours take the Royal Arch Trail."(2 Tips)
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  • Morgan T.
    Morgan TalbotJune 4, 2015
    Best views ever! Climb to the top and go around, you'll be rewarded with a view of the other mountain peaks topped with snow and a valley of forests. It's incredible and a great spot to meditate.
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone likes Chautauqua in the summer but if you're looking for a quiet walk in the woods, be sure to hit the trails in the morning after a little snow. You cannot go wrong.
  • *iVy
    *iVyMarch 14, 2016
    Hike to the Royal Arch is awesome and strenuous. 1600ft elevation gain! The one downside is that everyone and their mother were here on a Sunday around noon. I've never seen a park this packed!
  • Neil Kearney - Boulder Realtor
    For an easy walk do the Bluebell-Baird Trail. For a long walk take the Mesa Trail. For a more strenuous hike that will take 1 to 1.5 hours take the Royal Arch Trail. There are tons of options here.
  • Julie E.
    Julie ElrodSeptember 2, 2013
    The public parking area was a mess given the holiday. Come early on the weekends or holiday would be a tip. The trails are great and fairly well marked. Dog friendly as well.
  • B P.
    B PJanuary 6, 2015
    Nice trails to walk with great views of Boulder and Denver the higher you go. Nice date spot to watch the sun set.
  • Colorado
    ColoradoJanuary 23, 2012
    With a network of trails to suit every level of hiker, get up-close with the Flatirons (the slanting slabs of sandstone that are Boulder’s most recognizable landmark) framed by a beautiful meadow.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LoronoJune 11, 2016
    Great place to hike, with many options. A different experience each time. Parking is tough, but the trail doesn't get over-crowded in the morning.
  • Lucille B.
    Lucille BourgeoisSeptember 10, 2013
    Start with a guided tour early with Boulder Walking Tours . Go to ranger station to pick a trail to hike . Later have lunch at tha Dining Hall . Then drive up to the top of Flagstaff Mt.
  • Eugene W.
    Eugene WanDecember 1, 2014
    Hardcore trail running or leisurely stroll, either are great at Chautauqua. Mara and James (from Uncommon Stock) have hiking meetings here all the time.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANOctober 6, 2014
    Opening in 1898, the Chautauqua was opened as an adult education movement, bringing entertainment and culture to the whole community. Check out this C-SPAN video for more information. Read more
  • Corinna F.
    Corinna FlinchbaughAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mobile phone audio tour! Call 303-952-1600 Nine stops & four interpretive panels located throughout this National Historic Landmark. Fun
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeinrichJune 16, 2014
    Great short hike. Park inside the park by a cabin. Watch for No Parking. signs, though.
  • Keilyn R.
    Keilyn RiceJuly 22, 2011
    Hike or climb the flatirons! Also pick up trash left on trails to keep them beautiful for the rest of the guests!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HJuly 4, 2013
    Pick up water and snacks at the grocery store before heading over. Easy to moderate hikes available, but more crowded than NCAR, which is 10 minutes away.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CAugust 2
    This is one of my favorite parks in Colorado. The trails are so well maintained.
  • Darren L.
    Darren LymanMarch 28, 2014
    An awesome place to relax and/or catch a concert in the evening!
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MaloneJuly 13, 2013
    The ranger station has bathrooms but there will be lines. Also a vending machine for water and energy drinks.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 4, 2014
    Great place for hiking. Go for the top!
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyOctober 21, 2015
    Great for a hike. Fantastic mountain views!
  • Harald B.
    Harald B.August 16, 2014
    Be aware of bears and mountain lions, some might be hungry ;-)
  • Matt L.
    Matt LaymanJune 9, 2015
    Great park and trails! Just don't go on a weekend...place is a zoo
  • Stefan D.
    Stefan D.September 20, 2015
    You should be hiking here at least ones. But after that I would avoid this park. Way too crowded (on the weekends at least).
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 28, 2011
    Did you know? The word “Chautauqua” is Iroquois for either “two moccasins tied together” or “jumping fish.” Read more
  • lindsey l.
    lindsey lettvinJune 21, 2011
    Awesome open space accessible by bicycle from town.
  • Ellen H.
    Ellen HayesDecember 28, 2014
    Beautiful photos of the mountain side!
  • Travis B.
    Travis BergsgaardMay 26, 2014
    Most ballin ass hike I've ever known
  • Colin
    ColinJuly 12, 2015
    Too many people for it to be a good hike. Better hikes nearby up the canyon or on hwy36
  • Keilyn R.
    Keilyn RiceAugust 14, 2011
    If your trying to climb the flatirons go mid week, and start early!
  • Tobin K.
    Tobin KaestnerAugust 29, 2015
    Try ice cream at the general store
  • Greg S.
    Greg StevensJune 13, 2012
    Great area for an all team corporate meeting
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie SilkApril 20, 2014
    Fun on Easter Day for a pict nick and eater hunt
  • John M.
    John McKownJanuary 19, 2014
    Hike to the top for an epic view
  • outdoor DIVAS
    outdoor DIVASApril 28, 2012
    Check out the trails at the ranger station
  • Boone M.
    Boone Moocher-PogueFebruary 21, 2014
    Don't go here. People basically want to go more into themselves here. It sucks for me because I need to manipulate them to get free food and drugs. Try a restaurant or a music venue instead.
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SumnerJune 26, 2015
    Incredible hiking.
  • Simcha L.
    Simcha LeventalNovember 16, 2013
    Great hikes for all
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Wildlife watch for Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Read more
  • Pedro L.
    Pedro LopesOctober 12, 2013
    Beautiful ;)
  • Ellen H.
    Ellen HayesDecember 28, 2014
    Bring a camera.
  • Mark C.
    Mark Chu CheongJune 17, 2010
    Great place for "experimenting"
  • Jolene V.
    Jolene VetterlingMay 23, 2010
    Soak up sun, eat at the lodge!
  • Alisa G.
    Alisa GAugust 6, 2011
    Don't hike hungover
  • Henrik L.
    Henrik LampertJuly 15, 2012
    YOLO!!!!!!
  • Heather A.
    Heather AnnJuly 26, 2010
    I want to go hiking here! Read more
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