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Outdoor Activities




Summer:

Rock Climbing:


Boulder County is one of the best places in the nation for rock climbing. There are so many great climbing routes to choose from, catering to climbing expertise ranging from amateur to expert. A list of popular climbing areas and descriptions follows:

•    Eldorado Canyon and Flatirons offer multi pitch, upper grade tred lines.
•    Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks offer alpine climbing.
•    Skyland offers granite bouldering.
•    Golden Cliffs and Garden of the Gods offer shorter routes for a quick work out.

Combined with these gorgeous out door climbing areas are also a multitude of fantastic climbing gyms located in Boulder County, with varying pricing, membership highlights, and difficulty levels. Some of these indoor gyms include the Boulder Rock Club, Colorado Mountain School, East Boulder Community Center (in Lafayette), Longmont Recreational Center, and Outdoor Divas.

Here are some good web sites for directions, equipment, and difficulty levels.
http://www.visitingboulder.com/ (Under "Play" tab)
www.mountainproject.com

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Hiking:


There are over 500 breathtaking trails in Boulder County. With hiking being one of the most popular outdoor past times, these trails are kept pristine and wild, giving you a taste of beautiful Colorado. The hiking offered in Boulder County ranges from very difficult to easy, and for that reason is great for everyone, no matter what your age.
Some of the most popular trails are:
•    Bear Park
•    Betasso Preserve
•    Boulder Creek Path
•    Red Rocks
•    Sanitas
•    Flatirons

For websites with directions, trails lengths and trail descriptions, here are some good web sites:
www.trails.com
www.go-colorado.com/Boulder/Hiking

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Biking:


Boulder County is an incredibly bike friendly area. Biking is a major transportation resource and most mountain roads, highways, and city streets have bike lanes, biker friendly laws, and understanding and accommodating vehicle drivers to share the roads with. There are over 350 miles of biking routes and vast numbers of trails supplying great terrain for mountain biking with all levels of difficulty represented.

For mountain biking and road biking info in Boulder County visit these web sites:

 www.traillink.com
 www.bouldercolorado.gov/goboulder/bike

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Running:


With over 500 trails to choose from with varying levels of difficulty, Boulder is a runner's paradise. Running is incredibly popular in Boulder County, attracting elite athletes from around the world due to the fantastic challenge and training opportunities provided by the high altitude and vast amount of open space trails. Boulder City is also home to the 2nd largest 10k race in the nation and 5th largest in the world, bringing together 50,000 runners, joggers, and walkers for the annual Bolder Boulder Race.

For a good informational web site for Boulder County runners visit:
www.trails.com

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White Water Rafting and Kayaking:


There are countless locations perfect for white water rafting and kayaking in and within an hour of Boulder County. Many popular waterways offer different tours depending on the difficulty level you want. Beware though; Colorado is known to have a more challenging variety than the national average.

For more information and locations/directions to the most popular waterways visit:
www.allaboutrivers.com
www.riverfacts.com

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Horseback Riding:


There are tons of fun trails for riding right in and around Boulder County. Many companies are available to choose from for guided tours, some allow non-guided trips as well. Boulder County is full of horse loving people of all different riding styles and experience levels.

For a good web site on trails and links to good tour companies go to
http://www.trailsource.com/(Under "Horse" tab)

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Golf:


Boulder County golf courses range from 9 holes to country clubs, with different levels of hardship and price variations making it possible for golfers to go to a variety of great places without emptying their pockets.
There are seven public courses in Boulder County, but here are three best known for providing a great time!
•    Haystack Mountain (Niwot)
•    Flatirons Golf Course (Boulder)
•    Indian Peaks (Lafayette)

For a web site listing golf courses in Boulder County, with information on each course, visit:
www.golfadvisor.com

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Fishing:


There are 6,000 miles of streams and 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to fish in Boulder County, making it a great, inexpensive, and fun past time. There are many excellent locations, especially in Eastern Boulder County and Rocky Mountain National Park. Boulder's Boulder Creek offers miles of great fishing right in town, with a children's fishing pond close to the Justice Center and steps away from Boulder Creek, so the whole family can enjoy a day of fishing together.

For information on licenses, Colorado fishing season, and locations to go, visit:
www.go-colorado.com/Boulder/fishing
www.wildlife.state.co.us

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Camping:


When the heat of summer starts to arrive and you need a cool mountain retreat to set up camp in, Boulder County offers a variety of close and convenient camping spots.

Some of the most popular are:
•    Clear Creek Canyon
•    Golden Gate Canyon
•    Grand Lake and Arapahoe National Forest
•    Eldorado Canyon State Park
•    Indian Peaks Wilderness
•    Rock Mountain National Park
•    Roosevelt National Park

There is also a great little camping nook right in Lyons, just 15 minutes North of Boulder, called Lyons Meadow Campground. Bordered by the St. Vrain Rivers and sandstone cliffs, this is a great local campground.

Visit the site below for more campgrounds and directions:
www.parks.state.co.us

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Winter:

Skiing & Snow Boarding:


For the brave at heart and the limber of limb, several major ski and snow boarding areas, including 8 world class resorts, are located within a two hour drive, making Boulder County inhabitants the envy of down hillers, jumpers, meanders, and monguls all over the nation. Internally famous for "powdered ecstasy," places like Lake Eldora, Hidden Valley, Berthoud, Loveland, Winter Park, Keystone, Vail, Breckenridge, and A-Basin offer ski runs ranging from "it's a cinch" to "I double dare you" degrees of difficulty. Colorado's first ski resort was opened in 1915, and has grown to be the most popular sport in Colorado.  

For information on specific ski/snow boarding areas and directions and costs, visit:
www.coloradoski.com

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Snow Shoeing:


Snow shoeing is also a very popular winter past time in Boulder County. With great snow, and temperatures that stay pleasant in Colorado, this is a great state for the outdoors all year long. There are over twenty trails in and within an hour of Boulder perfect for snowshoeing.
Some of the most popular are:
•    Betasso Preserve
•    Heil Valley
•    Bald Mountain
•    Rabbit Mountain

For a list of trails, trail lengths, and directions; here is a good web site:
www.mountaintravelguide.com/Colorado/Boulder/SnowShoeing/BoulderSnowShoe.htm

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Cross Country and Nordic Skiing:


Most of the major ski areas (for a list see section above on downhill skiing), offer routes for cross country and nordic skiers. Lots of community parks in Boulder County are popular places for practice once the snow starts falling, and you can see dozens of people enjoying a day out at their neighborhood park sporting a pair of skis.

For a list of 21 trails, trail lengths, and directions visit:
www.mountaintravelguide.com/Colorado/Boulder/Ski/BoulderSki.htm


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Ice Skating:


Boulder County offers a great selection of seasonal and year round skating rinks. Three great seasonal rinks, located in their perspective cities in a beautiful down town atmosphere are:

•    Boulder Plaza (downtown Boulder)
•    Longmont Ice Pavilion at Roosevelt Park (Longmont)
•    Nederland Ice Rink (Nederland, 30 min. from Boulder, in mountains)
For year round skating, including different lesson styles, the Boulder Valley YMCA, in Lafayette is a great choice.


*As an ending note, there is a great list of Boulder County recreational sports teams, centers, and associations at http://bcn.boulder.co.us/recreation/

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