Chautauqua Park Trails

May 20, 2019 Comments Off on Chautauqua Park Trails Boulder Running Routes, Great Places to Run in Boulder

Chautauqua Park Trails

Central Boulder

Difficulty:Moderate/Difficult
Dogs:Yes, but not on McClintock Trail
Bathrooms:Yes, at Chautauqua Park ranger station and below the Chautauqua restaurant
Getting There:Chautauqua Park is located on Baseline near the intersection with 9th Street. There is limited parking on the park grounds and on streets in the adjacent neighborhoods. Parking is free on weekdays, but there is a $2.50/hour parking fee from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. on weekends. (It's free before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. The city also operates its Park to Park shuttle service from May 25 to Sept. 2 in 2019. The program provides satellite parking and free shuttle service to and from Chautauqua in Boulder, Colorado, to create a better visitor experience while reducing vehicular and parking impacts on neighbors and the area’s natural and cultural resources. The program also includes paid parking at Chautauqua and nearby neighborhood streets during summer weekends and holidays. For more information on parking and the shuttle service: https://bouldercolorado.gov/transportation/parktopark

There are dozens of trails to run from Chautauqua Park (near 9th and Baseline), but none of them are flat. The main route is Mesa Trail, a rolling point-to-point route that terminates on Eldorado Springs Drive south of Boulder. It starts out with a steep uphill section on an old paved road but eventually turns into a rolling singletrack route. If you’re looking for a more moderate route, consider the Enchanted Mesa Trail that starts behind the Chautauqua Auditorium. There are also strenuous trails up Flagstaff Mountain (2 miles one-way), Green Mountain (2.5 miles one way), Bear Peak (4 miles one way) and numerous other interconnecting routes. Mesa Trail crosses over Enchanted Mesa, North Shanahan Trail, South Shanahan Trail, Shadow Canyon Trail, Towhee Trail, Homestead Trail, Big Bluestem Trail and South Boulder Creek Trail, offering dozens of other unique loop options. Stop by the Chautauqua Park ranger station for more trail details or visit this city trail site.

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