Beyond Campus



Explore Boulder

Boulder is often cited as one of the most desirable places to live in the country because of its beautiful setting, abundant parks, sunny climate, convenient access to year-round recreational activities and lively cultural atmosphere. Enjoy a concert at the historic Boulder Theater, watch a live radio taping at eTown Hall, visit the art galleries or rent a bicycle and pedal along the Boulder Creek Path, which stretches seven miles through town.

At the heart of downtown Boulder is the Pearl Street Mall, a four-block pedestrian mall with restaurants, bookstores, boutiques and sidewalk cafés. Venture off the mall and discover more great shops and restaurants in Pearl Street’s charming East End and West End districts. For details on shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Boulder, go to

Pearl Street in Boulder


In 2010, Bon Appétit named Boulder America’s Foodiest Town for its innovative food companies, outstanding restaurants and one of the best farmers markets in the country. With an emphasis on seasonal, local ingredients, the city’s culinary scene continues to thrive. Boulder is also home to some of the country’s finest microbreweries, and is considered the “Napa Valley for Craft Brewing.”

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA)—BMoCA is a dynamic venue dedicated to the presentation of significant art of our time. Through an innovative program of regional, national and international exhibition and performance, the museum educates and inspires its communities and visitors from around the world to explore the forefront and evolution of contemporary art.
1750 13th Street


Boulder Dushanbe Tea House—This unique Persian teahouse was built by Tajik artisans from Boulder’s sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Its beautiful interior is matched only by its exotic teas and eclectic cuisine.
1770 13th Street

Celestial Seasonings

Celestial Seasonings Tea Company—Visitors to Celestial Seasonings can learn how tea is made and enjoy tea samples during a free tour of the northeast Boulder facility.
4600 Sleepytime Drive

Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park—Nestled against hiking trails that lead into the Flatirons, this national historic landmark is the site of lectures, concerts and other events throughout the year.
900 Baseline Road

Dairy Arts Center

Dairy Arts Center— Originally a milk-processing facility, the Dairy Arts Center was founded in 1992 and serves as Boulder’s largest multi-disciplinary arts hub. The center provides art of all forms, including cinema, visual arts and performance.
2590 Walnut Street

Hikers at Chautauqua


You may not immediately sense a difference in the atmosphere when you arrive in Boulder, but when traveling from near sea level, you will have climbed more than one mile in elevation. You might experience a slight feeling of breathlessness because of the reduced amount of oxygen at this altitude (5,400 feet). A more serious problem with altitude adjustment may occur when you travel to higher elevations in the mountains. Drink plenty of fluids and rest often, especially if you experience weakness, headaches or shortness of breath.

If your symptoms are more severe, you should seek the attention of a doctor. Altitude sickness can be a serious, even fatal, medical problem. Be sure to always wear sunscreen, even when the sun is not shining. Twenty to 30 percent more ultraviolet rays come through the atmosphere at this elevation. Wear a hat and sunglasses for extra protection.

The HillThe University Hill District—Encompassing the area immediately west of campus, the Hill contains a mixture of off-campus student housing, long-term residents, restaurants, specialty shops and entertainment venues.

Boulder FallsBoulder Falls—Less than 10 miles from the heart of downtown, Boulder Falls drops a breathtaking 70 feet and is fed by North Boulder Creek. Follow Canyon Boulevard west. The falls are on the right and parking is on the left.

The FlatironsThe Flatirons—The city’s best-known geological landmarks are made of Pennsylvanian red sandstone slabs and inspire leisurely hikes and record-setting speed ascents.

Outside Boulder

Denver skylineDenver
Denver, Colorado’s capital, is only 30 miles from Boulder and is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Denver has some of the finest museums in the West, including the Denver Art Museum, the Black American West Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the History Colorado Center. Other attractions include the Colorado State Capitol and the Denver Zoo. For more information visit

The Rocky MountainsColorado
Colorado is packed with things to do year-round, whether it’s hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park (located only 45 miles from Boulder), riding a historic steam locomotive through spectacular mountain canyons, relaxing in natural hot springs, whitewater rafting, fishing, skiing or enjoying one of the state’s many music, art and food festivals. For more information, visit

Boulder is tops!


Most Active City in the U.S.
Trulia, February 2016


Best Community for Physical Well-Being
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, February 2016


Metro Area for Female Entrepreneurship
Fast Company, October 2015


Best City For Starting A Business
Forbes, April 2015


College town in America
Business Insider, July 2017

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