What are the best outdoor activities in Boulder?

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Gina DeMillo Wagner

There is no shortage of outdoor activities in Boulder. Strap on your hiking shoes, set off from the meadow at the base of the Flatirons, and hike up as far as you can go. Be sure to look over your shoulder periodically at the stunning views of Boulder and the Rocky Mountains beyond. Most of the trails that start in this meadow (at Chautauqua Park) are easy enough for beginner hikers and families, while some become much more challenging, especially if you decide to take on one of the Flatirons. Grab a map at the trailhead and explore as much or as little as you wish.
If you prefer exploring on two wheels, there are a half dozen or so bike shops in town that rent out bikes hourly or by the day. Pedal the paved Boulder Creek Path or tackle one of the mountain biking trails just outside of downtown Boulder.
In the heart of the city, float down Boulder Creek in a kayak or inner tube. A bike path parallels the creek the entire way, and you can get in and out anywhere along that path. Locals often get in at Eben G. Fine Park and float to the east side of town at 55th Street.
Finally, if you have time, take a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is just 50 minutes northwest of Boulder in the town of Estes Park. Here you’ll find stunning natural beauty and hiking paths for all levels.

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