Adopting my dog, Zed, was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. In the 12 lovely years since I found my beastie buddy at the Humane Society, we’ve been through a lot. From apartments to houses with big backyards, single or double occupancy, Zed has been there. Even before I adopted Zed, I was a staunch supporter of going the rescue route rather than buying from a puppy … [Read more...] about Pet Rescue: Adopt a Fur-Ever Friend in Boulder
Outdoor Recreation in Boulder, Colorado
To say Boulder is a healthy, fitness-oriented town is an understatement, and all the amazing opportunities for outdoor recreation are a big part of that. You almost can't help but be in good shape here, thanks to miles of trails for hiking and running, an avid bicycling culture, and some of the best rock climbing around. And of course, a day of skiing is just a short drive away.
Boulder is also home to many true world-class athletes. Outside Magazine named Boulder the "#1 Sports Town in America" due to the high-caliber cyclists, runners, and rock climbers who live here and enjoy the bountiful training opportunities right outside the front door.
Don't worry ... you don't have to be preparing for the Olympics to enjoy everything Boulder offers in the form of outdoor recreation. Take a look at some of the amazing free activities you can enjoy today.
The City of Boulder boasts five beautiful peaks. Each one offers unique challenges and gorgeous scenery. From the diminutive but tough Mount Sanitas (6,863 feet) to the towering, windswept summit of South Boulder Peak (8,549 feet), our hometown range has something for everyone. Bear Peak is Boulder’s second tallest mountain at 8,461 feet, but its combination of beauty and … [Read more...] about Hike Boulder: The Ultimate Bear Peak Guide
If you’re new to Boulder or just new to hiking, you might be wondering what a 14er is and why there’s so much buzz about them. Simply put, a 14er is any peak with a summit above 14,000 feet. In order to be officially ranked, the peak must also rise at least 300 feet above the saddle of the nearest 14er. Our fair state is home to a whopping 54 official 14ers (or 58 if you … [Read more...] about The Boulderite’s Guide to Hiking Your First 14er
Summer days are long and ideal for exploring new places. While Boulder is home to 150 miles of trails and 45,000 acres of open space, this is the perfect time of year to leave the bubble and see what lies just beyond it. Enter beautiful Button Rock Preserve. Located just seven miles west of Lyons, this protected watershed is managed and maintained by the City of Longmont. … [Read more...] about Boulder Field Trip: Hike Button Rock Preserve
Yet again, the seasons have turned in Boulder. Spring’s unpredictable weather and ever-changing trail conditions have given way to summer’s dependably warm air, sunny skies, and dry ground. It feels good to finally hang up that traction, stow away the parka, and hit the trails with ease. Boulder’s open space is paradise in the summer. Wildflowers and songbirds provide both … [Read more...] about Hike in Boulder: Best Summer Trails