Boulder Chautauqua Hiking Access
I casually noticed a number of hiking accesses in the Bluebell and Boulder Chautauqua neighborhoods. Careful parking as there are strictly enforced no parking zones. Most of the hiking accesses are quiet opportunities to enter Boulder’s beloved open space. From the Boulder Chautauqua neighborhood you can hike to Royal Arch, enjoy a nature walk along the Bluebell-Baird Trail, or hike … Year round enjoy mother nature and keep an eye out for all sorts of wild life including Red Foxes, Raptors and mule deer (to name just a few).
Enchanted Mesa Trailhead and McClintock Trailhead are each accessed from the neighborhood. Signs warn of possible bears and mountain lions, though I have never encountered anything this dangerous hiking in the area. Great hikes, especially Mcclintock which moves through thick coniferous forest. Hike all the way up to the Boulder Chautauqua Music Hall. Enjoy stunning views of the Flatirons as well.
If you make it all the way up to the park, be sure to check out the community house and theater. Dine at Boulder Chautauqua Dining Hall and continue hiking up to the Flatirons. Onsite ranger station, bathrooms, drinking fountain.
A Little History on Boulder Chautauqua
Founded before the turn of the 19th century, this is one of the oldest continuing operating Chautauqua parks. It is also one of the very few offering year round accommodations. The concert hall has been recognized on the National Historic Register since 1978. A wide variety of performing arts offered at the community. In the summer of 2014, I heard a great mash up concert between rock-n-rollers and CSF during a wonderful Boulder Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.
Since 2006, the Chautauqua Association and the iconic city parks area has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Beloved hiking area – don’t take my word for it though, check out the reviews on Trip Advisor for hiking in Boulder Chautauqua.
Bluebell and Chautauqua Neighborhood
A wide variety of homes and housing. From turn of the century Victorian charmers to 50’s ranch layouts. You’ll find stunning homes redesigned from the ground up side by side with cottages constructed at the end of WW II. Mid century architecture is plentiful as well as contemporary mansions designed to maximize the view. Frequently, newer and older homes sit side by side.
While styles differ a good deal, prices are all on the upper end. Expect to pay a premium for this amazing location. Even homes that would be considered prime for “fix and flip” command top dollar in Boulder Chautauqua. Owners will love the:
- quiet and privacy of the area
- access to hiking trails
- lack of traffic – very few “through” streets.
- healthy atmosphere from living on a hill.
Boulder Chautauqua is located within a few blocks of the park/hiking area and is walking distance to CU Boulder, the Buffs football stadium and Flatirons Elementary school. A very quick drive to ample dining and shopping at Baseline and Broadway includes natural grocer Whole Foods market.
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