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Denver's smaller neighbor, Boulder is a college town of 100,000 people, the home of the main campus of the University of Colorado. The university and several other educational institutions provide the city with its social and cultural base.

It's also a high-tech center, with computer corporations and science labs. Boulder is situated at the base of the "Flatirons," a series of striking rock formations, in a valley studded with parks, prairies, and the Roosevelt National Forest.

There was no mining activity in Boulder, although the city grew as a supply and staging center for the gold, silver, and tungsten operations in the mountains to the west. The university was founded in 1878. The city is less than 100 miles from Denver, and is an ideal place from which to explore the old mining centers and the Indian Peaks Wilderness, which is also to the west of town.

What to See and Do

Visitors like to stroll along the Pearl Street Mall, a "main street" walkway with boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, bars, sidewalk cafes, and mini-parks with grass and flower plantings. Street musicians and jugglers come out to perform at night. The University of Colorado boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the country: a perfect place to walk and to visit the university's museum. Boulder Brewing Company, the nation's first micro brewery, was founded in 1979, and offers an amazing array of beers. The tasting room is open for lunch, and tours are available daily. The brewery is at 2880 Wilderness Place.

Boulder is a year-round cultural center, with a music festival held between late June and early August. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival stages dramas in a beautiful outdoor theater, on the university campus. There is excellent fishing in the nearby Barker Reservoir, in Brainard Lake, Boulder Creek, and the Boulder Reservoir (via Highway 119 and 51st Street). 18-hole golf courses include the Lake Valley Golf Club, north of town, and the Flatirons Golf Course, on Arapahoe Avenue.

A band of open space surrounds Boulder, with hiking trails offering great views of the Flatirons, wonderful parks including the West's sole remaining Chautauqua Park. Cross-country skiing is found in the Open Space, or in Roosevelt National Forest. For information, see the Boulder Chamber of Commerce at 2,440 Pearl Street , or call (970) 442-1440.

 

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