Boulder, Colorado is one of the country’s havens for those who love the outdoors. Known as a prime destination for hippies in the late 1960s, Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 25 miles northwest of Denver. Boulder is believed to have taken its name from Boulder Creek, which serves as the city’s primary water flow. Long before the city was founded, the creek itself was named for the large granite boulders that have cascaded the creek over the eons. The Flatirons, regarded as one of Boulder’s prominent symbols, are slabs of sedimentary stone tilted up on the foothills, located in the West part of the city. This is our guide to the best places to run in Boulder.
With a population exceeding 97,000 people, Boulder is not only known for its Western history, but as home to the main campus of the state’s largest University: The University of Colorado. The city is also recognized for its high rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, education, and art.
With a total area of 25.7 square miles, Boulder is a beautiful city, with dozens of scenic routes for running. Among the highlights are the Mesa Trail, the Boulder Creek Trail, and some wonderful trails in the foothills.