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“Boulder residents are lucky to have this park”
Review of Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park
Ranked #2 of 144 things to do in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Originally established in 1898 to bring culture to rural areas, this beautiful park hosts cultural events, features rock climbing sites, lovely gardens and picnic areas and is the starting point for many hiking trails.Year-round lodging, dining and events available.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Level 6 Contributor
322 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Boulder residents are lucky to have this park”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

We had some time to explore Boulder and decided to hike at this number 1 rated attraction. Lots of fun. A variety of trails. Saw lots of people enjoying the outdoors. Decent restroom facilities. Parking is a potential issue.

Visited April 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Has it All!”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Chautauqua has it all. It is a great place to play in the summer. Go in the morning for brunch, bring grandma and let the kids play on the playground. Maybe there are still 'secret' trails by the playground that your kids will find amusing. Lovely area for hiking, it is so accessible and branches out to many different hiking options. Visit the Ranger Station to get more info on the local vegetation, animals, and history. If you are looking for a wonderful family vacation, rent one of the cottages and bring everyone along. Also, there is a summer music circuit and silent film festival.

Visited June 2011
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
845 reviews
412 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 498 helpful votes
“The buildings and history of this park are interesting, but the hiking is what makes it spectacular”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I once lived briefly in Boulder a decade ago, and still visit this park off Baseline Road when I have a chance. (A bit of geography that even some Boulderites don't know - The reason that's called Baseline Road is that it runs right along the 40th parallel of latitude, which has a special place in U.S. history that I'll let you look up if interested.)

There are some interesting historical sites in this park, but the main reason I visit it is that it is the main entry point in Boulder to the trail system into the Open Space that contains the Flatirons and other interesting portions of the Front Range of the Rockies. The trails can accommodate people at all levels of hiking ability, but do respect the fact that you are over a mile above sea level and the air is likely much thinner than where you flew in from. Some folks find that a day or so of acclimatizing is helpful. Also, the sun is fierce, and 40+ SPF sunblock can be helpful if you are not to turn into a lobster.

Another tip: parking is limited in Chautauqua, and if you don't arrive early you may not get a spot. Don't despair, since with a little hunting you should be able to find a spot on Baseline or a short distance down a side street, but do check carefully to make sure there aren't any No Parking signs lurking.

Visited July 2011
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Lafayette, Colorado
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“fun, but hard to enjoy”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

I really enjoyed my hike at Chautauqua, but when I asked a guide about where else I could hike in the park, but he was very rude and did't help

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SF Bay Area, California
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“An interesting place to visit”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

This is a place you go to in the summer. It is an older summer village. Some of the cabins are privately owned, others may be rented by visitors. Trails up into the mountains start here and even a short walk can be quite rewarding. there is a delightful cafe to eat at. Plays and musical productions are preformed.

Visited April 2012
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