Close In Mountain Location
Boulder Colorado has an incredible location. If you love the mountains, this alone is why you should move to Boulder Colorado. Just to live in the very shadow of beautiful, ever changing with the seasons, mountains!
Located at the foot of the Flatirons and Bear Mountain. Boulder is basically, right next to small mountains that are part of Rocky Mountains. Being this close to the mountains has two big impacts on the community.
First, there is incredible hiking. It’s so close, in many cases you can walk out the door of your home and be on a trail immediately.
And second because of the proximity to the Front Range (as the local mountains are called) creates an impact on weather. The technical term I’ve heard is inversion. Basically, bad weather has to move upwards to get over the mountains. Hence, the impact is that usually the worst bad weather misses Boulder.
Seems like great weather is a great reason to call this place home. Because Boulder gets about three hundred days of sunshine a year, it always feels sunny. though – as I’m jotting this blog it is one of the non-sunny days outside. Go figure.
Boulder Hiking Abounds
I mentioned that one of the advantages of being so close to the mountains is incredible hiking. And it’s true.
There are beautiful hikes on the edge of town. Just south of town is Eldorado Canyon State park. Incredible hiking in secluded mountain spots abounds all over Boulder County; check out Caribou Ranch for something really special.
Depending upon what you are seeking, there is a hike to make your heart soar and your feet tired.
My favorite hikes are right in Boulder. Chautauqua and Mount Sanitas. I’ve blogged extensively on these amazing hiking trails.
Chautauqua is actually part of a national system. Communities carved out to allow residents to bond with one another and nature. Here in Boulder there are cottages built into the hillside. Some are year round, others are seasonal.
There is an incredible indoor stage/music facility, park grounds to relax with family and friends, a ranger’s station and of course trail access. Once, while hanging out on the park grounds, I watched a para-sail’er come down and land in the park. That’s not actually legal. It all happened so quickly and the adventurer grabbed up his gear and then hopped into a waiting car and was off in the blink of an eye!
Picture Perfect Location
First of all, the base of the Chautauqua hike is postcard perfect. Frequently, you can see tourists from all over making the ascent at the base of Chautauqua – you can kind of tell. Wrong shoes, no water, over or under dressed and moving really slowly. Get past this bunch and you are off to a great hike.
You can hike to one of the Flatirons – maybe you will spot a climber making an ascent. Or for an amazing workout, head for Royal Arch. It’s a naturally formed arch right here in Boulder Colorado.
Or just hike off on the well marked trails until your feet bring you back to the base.
I ♥ Mount Sanitas
Mount Sanitas offers two complimentary hiking options: a gentle walk meandering up the valley coupled with a stair step killer going vertical from the base. Either path eventually leads you to the top.
Above all, what’s so great is that you needn’t drive for ages to reach this hiking destination. It’s a handful of blocks from wonderful dining at The Broadway Shops and not too far off Boulder Pearl Street Mall.
Hiking Blogs Worth Reading
Workout of the Day
Another great reason why you should move to Boulder Colorado right this moment is all the fantastic ways to stay healthy. Especially when just about every workout you can imagine is offered in this town.
Want to get your heart rate up on the cheap? There’s the November Group; they meet early in the morning and take advantage of local trails with free cardio based workouts.
Need something indoors? Orange Theory has swept the Front Range with its heart rate monitor craze.
Look about Boulder and you can’t help but notice Crossfit gyms all over town. And in between there is just about anything you can imagine. A friend tells me about the twirling workout she did for awhile – gymnastics based training.
There is Pilates. Cycling. Small local gyms like the Mountain’s Edge and big gyms such as 24 Hour Fitness. Boulder is a fitness mecca. Heck, we host an annual Ironman.
One of the most popular regional events is the Bolder Boulder 10K race with several competitive classifications. If you are looking for an amazing run, give it a try. The final lap occurs in the University of Colorado stadium. Incidentally, there is definitely something to be said for running into a packed stadium and being cheered to the finish line.
Or walking in. With 50,000 plus participants, you have everything from international runners to local runners. Even folks in costume. It’s a grand event.
More Workouts Disguised As Having Fun In The Outdoors
There is a great bike park on the east side of Boulder. You’ll find hills and wide turns as well as ramps and jumps. Thrill seekers will love it, but so will little kids.
All about Boulder, the close in mountains and sheer cliffs beckon to mountain climbers. As some days it might be just too darn cold or wet to be climbing, there are several indoor climbing gyms.
Out in Lafayette, there is a Ninja gym catering to America’ Ninja Warrior inside each one of us.
Have Bike Will Enjoy Boulder
Have a bike? You’ll find cyclists riding all over Boulder County on road bikes. And in addition to an incredible network of hiking trails, there are myriad mountain biking trails.
My Favorite Bike Ride!
My own personal favorite workout is riding the Coal Creek Trail. It’s mostly packed gravel with a slight grade. A good portion of the ride is along a creek. The trail moves in and out of the woods. There are some climbs and downhills along the way.
That trail rolls into a concrete pathway that is alongside Hwy 36. I love making the mile long climb from Louisville to the top of the hill overlooking Boulder. Want to try something really different on a bike? Read about the velodrome on the east side of the county!
Wondering what comes afterward? After all that exercise?
Dining Around Boulder Colorado
In this case, all that activity is going to build your appetite. IMHO, for the most part, you should move to Boulder Colorado just for the food. We’ve got it. I know, I grew up in a family that is known for making our next dining adventure plan while enjoying a meal.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas, dessert – this town has it. We have myriad burger joints, but not to be left out, we also have a long running Mustard’s Last Stand that just serves up the best hot dogs in town.
There is every sort of healthy option, from juice bars to Gluten Free Dairy Free (but not financially free) dining. My wife raves about Fresh Thyme with their incredible salads and health conscious dining.
Around The World In 80 Days
It’s almost like going around the world. Some of my favorites would include…Amu. This small eatery caters to Japanese culture. This isn’t a sushi and rolls joint (although Boulder offers a plethora of great sushi spots). Amu exemplifies farm to table with an Asian twist.
Like farm to table? Boulder believes in this style of dining. It’s present on most menus around town and definitely so at The Kitchen.
Asia Comes To Boulder Colorado
Seeking more Asian options? Try Spice China on the north side of town for incredible Chinese. Or the daily special from Zo Zo Ma just off Pearl Street. Be early, they have really limited seating.
There are several Pho shops around town. And a full Vietnamese experience at Chez Thuy.
Don’t worry, be happy that Boulder offers so much incredible dining.
And Italy and More
There are several fantastic Italian eateries. From casual beloved Pasta Jay’s to internationally acclaimed Frasca.
If all this talk of food is getting you hungry, be sure to also visit Peppercorn while here. It’s a great kitchen and home shop on the Pearl Street Mall. It has a library of amazing recipe books for sale. Just about every cooking device you might ever want is available. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly.
Shopping In Boulder Is A Great Experience
To summarize before I even begin, this community has incredible shopping. Within the county, there are several Walmarts, Costco clubs, Super Targets. Therefore if you need the basics, you are covered.
But there are also so many incredible one of a kind shopping experiences. And many of these shops are not merely focused on local business.
Mike’s Camera has one of the most incredible staffs working with the latest camera photography technology. I actually have a college classmate working there (we went to tiny Ohio Wesleyan University in the Eighties). Brian focuses on marketing camera technology to police departments around the country.
Nearby to Mike’s Camera is the unbelievable McGuckin’s Hardware. Regularly, this hardware nerve center goes toe to toe with the Home Depot in town. Again, an incredible staff can generally direct you to the exact shelf in a specific row within the vast store for whatever it is you are looking for on that visit.
Subsequently, all along Pearl Street – both on and off the Mall – you will find one of a kind shops offering everything you can imagine. And hey, because this is Colorado, you can even find shops catering to the pot craze.
I hear Pot Is Legal In Colorado
As a rule, I’m not into it (not since college to be honest), but I know plenty of peeps that are. And why not? It’s legal. If you are interested, seek out a green plus sign, that’s the usual sign of a shop. Or a reference to a Grateful Dead song, such as Terrapin Station at Folsom and Canyon.
True Story. I visited Terrapin Station with a high school friend. I have been inside that shop on one occasion. What first surprised me was the diversity of shoppers. A business guy in an Armani suit, several college students, two couples canoodling on couches while waiting to enter the shopping area, a homeless looking guy who was whisked inside – apparently VIP. Me and my high school buddy.
But that wasn’t the oddest part.
While there I was actually the guy who asked, “Do you have anything that looks like pot?” LOL. Seriously, I didn’t recognize a single thing that looked like the rolled up baggies of weed that were prevalent back in college.
Hand Crafted Breweries
A bustling industry in Boulder these days is the handcrafted brewing scene. Why, you should move to Boulder Colorado just for a cold one! There are so many breweries popping up in town that its becoming another cottage industry.
And I’m mention briefly – there are jobs galore in every industry in this town. But let me get back to the beer craze.
Most noteworthy, we have been brewing beer forever it seems. Rock Bottom Brewery leaps to mind as an example of a locally successful shop that is now a nationwide dining experience.
In the same way and speaking of national success – Noodles and Chipotle and Smash Burger are more local spots that are now all over the country. But I digress.
Boulder Beer is bottling brew for sales all over the USA. Avery has a larger facility geared to national sales. Upslope is smaller, but with a big following. There are tap rooms where you can enjoy a sampling of local brew after work. Some offer food and dining. If you are part of a network that enjoys rating beer, you’ll find plenty to drink to here!
Jobs Galore Drives #1 Reason Why you should move to Boulder Colorado
Maybe so far it sounds like a great place to visit, but would you live here?
As a rule, Boulder has the jobs. There are seven different verticals that really drive our economy. Plus a massive tourism impact. CU Boulder creates incredible learning and Venture Capital ideas.
We have twitter and IBM and a brand new Google Campus. Boulder Colorado has amazing technology infrastructure. It’s sometimes called the Silicon Valley of the West. It definitely has a higher venture capital ratio than most cities its size.
Boulder is also home to a wide array of government labs. NCAR. NIST. NOAA, UCAR. Comet. Blitzer and …wait a second, that last one is a reindeer. But seriously, Boulder is home to laboratories and factories, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and so much more.
Consequently, I’ve blogged extensively on the Boulder economy. Most importantly, a good reason to make this community your home and why you should move to Boulder Colorado is the incredible career opportunities that abound. Heck, even if you just want a part time gig, I dare you to walk about Boulder and not see countless “hiring now!” signs dotting the county.
Parents Know Education Matters
Likewise, families know that the most important thing you can share with your children is a great education. Because this is going to let your kids achieve the kind of success you dream of for them. And it all starts with a great education.
Boulder Valley School District is top rated. Because BVSD is one of the best in the State of Colorado real estate values tend to be pricey. High values drive tax dollars and therefore your children will receive an excellent education. There is a very high graduation rate. There are school options to accommodate whatever path you child takes – from college prep to top rated to technical education.
And along those lines, I just heard that local business Home Advisor is now offering 3 year apprenticeships to high school students seeking an alternative career path. The innovation in this is area is one of the things I love so much about Boulder.
A great education for your children is why you should move to Boulder Colorado. And bonus – the community has a very high ratio of both high school, college and post graduate education!
The People Make The Place
Boulder is filled with innovative, smart, brilliant happy people. The community is also filled with people from all over the world. A few years back I attended an economic symposium. There were 400 or so of us in attendance and we all stood. The host invited anyone not born in Colorado to have a seat. 360 people sat to the stunned amazement of all.
But that wasn’t the really amazing part.
Next the hosts asked anyone not born in Boulder to have a seat. In short, just four people were still standing at the end of this exercise. Boulder is really a place everyone wants to move live!
Because we have such a happy population, with so many educational and career opportunities. So much to see and do, such great dining and amenities. So very much to offer, it’s why you should move to Boulder Colorado today.
About the Author Bob Gordon
I’m a Realtor. I’ve lived along the Front Range since moving here in 1991. I actually remember the move quite clearly. My brother Doug and I loaded up our cars, used CB radios to stay in touch (this was pre-mass cell phone era) and listened to the Gulf War burst open on the drive from Ohio.
I love this place from the moment I arrived and then found a career to stay here. Blogging is a recent passion of mine. I’ve published over 1400 pages of content. And sold nearly one hundred million dollars in homes to clients. I look forward to helping you with all your real estate needs.