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Key Info

900 Baseline Road

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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 as a verdant retreat, this National Historic Landmark now hosts a handful of community events like concerts and festivals. Even when there isn't anything marked on the social calendar, Chautauqua is still a place to go for a breath of fresh air: Numerous paths and gardens await hikers, bikers, picnickers and dog walkers, while more adventurous travelers explore the rugged mountains nearby.

Visitors are blown away by the park's landscape and its facilities, which include lodging, dining and auditoriums. However, some reviewers were less satisfied with the crowds and limited parking. Because of the park's accessible location just minutes from downtown Boulder, Chautauqua sees more visitors than some of the city's other hiking spots like Eldorado Canyon State Park and Flagstaff Mountain. If you can, try to get to the park early before your fellow hikers start clogging the trails.

The park is always open to visitors and general entrance is free. If you wish to learn more about the history of Chautauqua, you can tag along on a guided tour, offered by Boulder Walking Tours at 10 a.m. on Sundays from June through September. You can also choose to sit down for a meal in the dining hall or stay the night in one of the several cottages on the premises (both dining and lodging are offered for a fee). The park is located less than 2 miles southwest of the University of Colorado Boulder. You could easily bike or walk from downtown Boulder to Chautauqua, but if you'd rather drive, you'll find a parking lot and limited street parking. HOP 2 Chautauqua provides bus service to the park during the summer season. For more information on prices and events, check out Chautauqua's website.

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