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  • Much of Boulder’s appeal comes from its myriad outdoor activities, including hiking, climbing, and biking. And with skiing so close by, Boulder is a mecca for all outdoor enthusiasts. But you need not be a world-class athlete to enjoy Boulder’s natural wonders. Boulder’s beauty can just as easily be enjoyed by taking a stroll along the Boulder Creek path as it can atop of one of the area’s many “14ers”—peaks over 14,000 feet. With all these outdoor activities so close by, there’s no excuse not to get back to nature.

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    Mt. Audubon Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    Trail for everything from day hikers to horseback parties... read more

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    Eldora Mountain Resort

    2861 Eldora Ski Road

    Great snow, few crowds... read more

    Sombrero Ranches

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    3300 Airport Road

    One-hour to weekend-long guided horseback, fishing and sleigh trips... read more

    Flatirons Golf Course

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    5706 East Arapahoe Road

    18 hole tree-lined, well maintained golf course...
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    The Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza

    1801 13th St

    Seasonal outdoor skating... read more

    Long Lake Trail #917

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail cuts deep into the wilderness, offering an excellent high mountain winter experience. As a consequence, good physical conditioning and equipment are very important... read more

    Beaver Creek Trail (Boulder Ranger District)

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    The Beaver Creek Trail climbs to 11,300' before dripping down into the Middle St. Varian drainage. This trail is very crowded... read more

    King Lake Cross-country Ski Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail is located west of Nederland and Eldora, in the Middle Boulder Creek Trail System. It accesses King Lake. This area offers relatively flat skiing terrain, with steeper pitches as you near the lakes... read more

    Jenny Creek Trail #808

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail, which begins at Eldora Ski Area, is popular for skiers of all experience levels. It also provides access to advanced terrain on Guinn Mountain and a wide variety of terrain in the Rollins Pass region... read more

    Jean Luning Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This is the most heavily visited wilderness entrance in the Indian Peaks, with literally thousands of visitors in the area on any given summer weekend... read more

    Arapaho Pass Trail (east side)

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail climbs out of the 4th of July Campground to the Arapaho Pass where it connects with the Caribou Pass Trail... read more

    James Peak Lake Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail drops gradually to James Peak Lake, set in the basin below the east face of James Peak (13,249'). Fishing, picnicking and camping are the principal attractions... read more

    Arapaho Pass Road

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail has a moderate 5 mile climb to the Buckingham Campground. It then descends back to the start... read more

    Isabelle Glacier Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail takes the traveler to Isabelle Glacier. This trail sees hundreds of people a day on weekends... read more

    Arapaho Glacier Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail take the traveler to the Arapaho Glacier Overlook. It then continues to the Rainbow Lakes Campground... read more

    Waldrop South Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This is a relatively easy trail, west of Ward. The trail affords fine views of the Indian Peaks from Brainard Lake. It is one of the most heavily used touring routes on the Front Range... read more

    Waldrop North Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This is a moderately difficult trail, west of Ward. The trail affords fine views of the Indian Peaks from Brainard Lake. It is one of the most heavily used touring routes on the Front Range... read more

    Ute Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This trail travels to the Continental Divide where it continues as the Rogers Pass Trail... read more

    Guinn Mountain Cross-country Ski Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    This advanced level trail is an extension of the Jenny Creek Trail, beginning at Eldora Ski Area. Guinn Mountain rises up above timberline southeast of Yankee Doodle Lake... read more

    St. Vrain Mountain Trail

    2140 Yarmouth Ave.

    The St. Varian Mountain Trail is very steep and little water is available. It crosses through Rocky Mountain National park near St. Varian Mountain... read more
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