comScore

The Flatirons

Flatirons Loop | Boulder, CO | Website

#1 in Best Things To Do in Boulder

Explore Map The Flatirons

Hiking, Natural Wonders Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

Ed Freeman/Getty Images

Hiking, Natural Wonders Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

5.0
Overall
US NEWS LOGO

Scorecard

  • Value
    5.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

Read about how we rank Things to Do.

These jaw-dropping rock walls flanking Green Mountain have become the symbol of the city, with many Boulder businesses sporting their image as a logo. Flatirons One through Five are the most prominent, but there are also several smaller formations  with more creative names  to explore. Altogether, these picturesque slopes are the most popular rock climbing areas around (you can even see markings left by some of the first climbers, dating back to the 1940s, on Number Three). But for those of you who aren't quite comfortable entrusting your life to a harness, you can still take in the Flatirons from one of the area's hiking trails – recent visitors said there's a trail for every age and skill level. For information about Flatiron trails, visit the City of Boulder website.

Previous visitors say that no trip to Boulder would be complete without spending time admiring the rocks. But if you plan on hiking, travelers recommend coming prepared: The trails can be steep in places, not to mention slippery. And don't forget your camera – reviewers said you'll want to capture the stunning views.

Overlooking Boulder from the city's southwestern edge (near Chautauqua Park), the Flatirons are free to visit every day from sunrise to sunset. If you decide to drive, you'll have to pay a $5 parking fee (the lot is located on the west side of Highway 93). To avoid the fee, consider taking the bus. According to the city, many trails are accessible via the bus (visit this page on the city website to see which routes service the area). Taking public transportation may also help you avoid the parking lot congestion that past visitors have encountered on the weekends. 

Hotels Nearby

  • Thing to Do
  • Hotel
Best Western Plus Boulder Inn

Best Western Plus Boulder Inn ...

  • 2.1 Miles Away
  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
St Julien Hotel & Spa

St Julien Hotel & Spa ...

  • 2.0 Miles Away
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
Boulder University Inn

Boulder University Inn ...

  • 1.9 Miles Away
  • 2.5-star Hotel Class
See all hotels in Boulder »

MORE BEST THINGS TO DO IN Boulder
The Flatirons

Hiking, Natural Wonders Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# The Flatirons

These jaw-dropping rock walls flanking Green Mountain have become the symbol of the city, with many Boulder businesses sporting their image as a logo. Flatirons One through Five are the ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Chautauqua Park

Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Chautauqua Park

Perched on the southwest edge of the city, this tiny extension of Boulder Mountain Park offers some of the city's most photo-worthy vistas. Originally established in the late 1800s ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Pearl Street Mall

Shopping, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Pearl Street Mall

Stretching from Eighth to 20th streets in downtown Boulder, this buzzing thoroughfare is a shopaholic's Yellow Brick Road. Here, you'll find familiar brand names like Urban Outfitters and ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory

Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory

No wonder everyone in Boulder seems so relaxed: The city is home to North America's largest producer of herbal tea, which packages and sends more than 8 million tea ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Eldorado Canyon State Park

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Eldorado Canyon State Park

Cascading canyon walls, lush pine forests, winding trails ... Eldorado Canyon State Park has much to offer in the way of natural beauty. Its 885 acres provide opportunities to rock climb ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Boulder Creek Path

Hiking, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Boulder Creek Path

Ask any Boulder resident for a hiking recommendation and they'll probably point you to the Boulder Creek Path. This 5½-mile-long trail — completely undisturbed by automobile traffic — traces Boulder Creek ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Flagstaff Mountain & Summit Nature Center

Hiking, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Flagstaff Mountain & Summit Nature Center

If you're looking for a hike the whole family can enjoy, aim for the top of Flagstaff Mountain. Rising out of Boulder Mountain Park, Flagstaff Mountain sits about 5 ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

University of Colorado Boulder

Sightseeing, Sports, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# University of Colorado Boulder

Even if you're not a prospective student, recent visitors recommend you pay a visit to the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus, located just minutes from downtown Boulder. When ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Breweries

Entertainment and Nightlife, Tours, Wineries/Breweries Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Breweries

After you've conquered the Flatirons, what better reward than an ice-cold pint of local Boulder ale? Though Denver is often regarded as Colorado's reigning beer city, Boulder can ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art

You don't have to be a hiker, a skier or a rock climber to experience Colorado's scenery. For a more laid-back glimpse at the mountainous landscape, head to ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Museums, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

# National Center for Atmospheric Research

Most people consider a conversation about the weather to be a desperate attempt at small talk. But at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, sun, rain, wind and snow are ... Read more » Philip_Willcocks/Getty Images


See full list of Best Things to Do in Boulder »

Explore More of Boulder

Find the Best Price

Enter your check in and check out dates to find the best price

PriceFinder powered by Powered by Tripadvisor