Best trails in Boulder

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Looking for a great trail near Boulder, Colorado? AllTrails has 178 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Boulder Open Space or Genesee Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 75 easy trails in Boulder ranging from 0.6 to 20.1 miles and from 5,114 to 9,183 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Boulder
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#1 - Royal Arch Trail
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Start on Chautauqua Trail by the ranger station. After crossing a grassy meadow, you enter a pine forest. Start paying attention to signs for Royal Arch as a number of other trails branch off. You knoShow more
#2 - Mount Sanitas and Sanitas Valley Loop Trail
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
While parts of this hike are dog friendly, dogs are not allowed on the Lions Lair section of the trail. A wonderful "desert like" hike with great rock formations, vistas of Boulder CO, and rock scrambShow more
#3 - First and Second Flatirons Loop
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
The flatirons are striking, tilted, sandstone rock slabs that form Boulder's beautiful backdrop. There are five distinct flatirons on the western side of Boulder. The route on this page takes you to tShow more
#4 - Chautauqua Trail
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 46 m
This trail basically serves as the first "in-trail" that leads to many other popular hikes in the park such as the Flat Irons and Royal Arch. It is wide, well traveled, and slightly inclined, with vaShow more
#5 - Bear Peak via the Shadow Canyon Trail
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
The trail starts out very easy with well maintained walking trails. As you progress deeper and higher the terrain increases in difficulty; to the point of being slightly technical. The trail gets fairShow more
#6 - Green Mountain West Trail
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
Please note: The Sacred Cliffs at 7,978 feet are closed until August 1st due to nesting raptors.Show more
#7 - Walker Ranch Loop Trail
Walker Ranch Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
Walker Ranch is a fantastic loop that can be taken both clockwise and counter. Going counter clockwise starts you off on a fantastic downhill, just be careful for hikers and dogs. Once at the bottom, Show more
#8 - Green Mountain Loop
Chautauqua Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
Note: If you have a dog the last mile is no dogs allowed so you are required to go long way around. A popular peak hike providing views of the Indian Peaks and Boulder. From Chautauqua take the MeShow more
#9 - Mallory Cave
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
NOTE: The cave itself is permanently CLOSED. There are SEASONAL buffer zone closures including many rock climbing routes from April 1 to October 1 for roosting bats. The permanent closure of the cShow more
#10 - Gregory Canyon, Range View and Flagstaff Trail Loop
Boulder Open Space
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
This is a great moderately challenging loop with excellent views throughout. The trail is steep but generally well-shaded through the Flatirons. Most of it consists of single-track trail, except for aShow more
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