With spring in full effect, Boulder’s open space is in the midst of its annual awakening. Hillsides and valleys are changing from brown to green. Previously bare trees are sprouting new leaves and beautiful blossoms. And the trails are lined with delightful pops of color, thanks to the swaths of incredible wildflowers.
Boulder, where the eastern plains rise up to meet the Rockies, is home to an astonishing array of plant and animal life. Our mountains, valleys, and canyons create microhabitats that support this impressive biodiversity. Wildflowers, in particular, are plentiful and they’ve just begun popping up in our open space. Whether you’re a botanist, a photographer, or simply someone who appreciates pretty flowers, Boulder’s springtime trails do not disappoint.
Nearly any spring hike in Boulder provides the opportunity to observe wildflowers, but some of our trails are particularly well suited for them. Read on for 6 standout trails that will have you swooning over the abundance of these vibrant beauties. Whether you’re giddy over golden banner or pining for penstemon, these trails deliver.