Boulder, Colorado is one of the country’s havens for those who love the outdoors. Located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 25 miles northwest of Denver, Boulder’s name comes from Boulder Creek, which serves as the city’s primary water flow. 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 city of 100,000 is home to the stat’s largest university, The University of Colorado, and is also recognized for its high rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, education, and art. Our guide running in Boulder features several of Boulder’s scenic highlights, plus some accessible trail running through a variety of dramatic landscapes.
Among the best places to run in Boulder are the 8-mile Boulder Creek Trail, which passes through the University of Colorado campus, downtown, and into Boulder Canyon; the Mesa Trail; and other wonderful trails in the foothills. Another highlight is the 5 mile loop around the Boulder Reservoir and adjacent Boulder Valley Ranch trails. For a true challenge, Magnoli Rd. offers the steepest paved maintained road in the United States. Boulder is also a mecca for trail running. We’ve included a few options, but really it’s the tip of the iceberg.
Note that Boulder’s elevation is 5,300 feet. Also, the city has a very sunny climate and many trails are exposed. So plan accordingly!